Oregon IPA Cheddar Soup with Garlic Hazelnuts

Oregon IPA Cheddar Soup with Garlic Hazelnuts

Oregon IPA Cheddar Soup with Garlic Hazelnuts

1 cup roasted hazelnuts halved or roughly chopped

4 garlic cloves, grated

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

12 ounces Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon water

8 ounces Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

4 ounces Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


Add the hazelnuts, 1 clove of garlic, and 2 teaspoons of butter to a medium skillet. Heat over medium high and toss gently to melt the butter and gently cook the garlic as it coats the nuts. Cook for about 1 minute and remove from the heat. Melt the remaining butter in a small soup pot over medium heat and add the remaining garlic. Let cook until it just begins to sizzle, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the beer. Return the pan to medium heat. Stir together the cornstarch and water in a small dish. Pour this into the warming beer and whisk. Continue to whisk as the beer heats and the liquid thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Turn the heat to low. Add the cheeses a handful at a time and whisk the soup well to melt the cheese. Once the cheeses are smooth. Remove the soup from the heat. Ladle into 4 small bowls and top each with garlic hazelnuts and fresh chives before serving.

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