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Recipe

Cheddar And Beer Soup With Spicy Popcorn Garnish

  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound kielbasa sausage, finely chopped or processed until crumbly
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups lager beer, preferably amber
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • 3 cups grated Cheddar (about 12 ounces)
  • Spicy Popcorn, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, for garnish

Directions

  • Cook the kielbasa in the olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot over high heat until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onions, salt, pepper, and bay leaves and cook, stirring, until the onions are slightly caramelized, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the stock and the beer. Add the thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Add the cheese a little at a time, stirring until nearly completely melted after each addition. Remove from the heat, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Garnish each serving of the soup with a handful of the popcorn and minced fresh chives.