Smoked Sausage Beer Cheese Soup
photo by Swan Valley Tammi
- Ready In:
- In a large saucepan boil potatoes in water until they start to get tender.
- Add onions, salt, sausage, black pepper, cayenne pepper and beer.
- Simmer until potatoes are completely tender.
- Add half and half and cheese and simmer until cheese melts (Add thickener if you prefer, flour, corn starch, or instant mashed potatoes).
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I added 2 celery ribs and 2 carrots and sauteed them with the onion. Then I added the diced potatoes and 1 cup chicken stock. Once the potatoes were soft, I used the potato masher to mash about half of the mixture. This gave the soup a thicker teture without using flour. Towards the end, i added 1/4 teaspean of tumeric and a dash of hot sauce. The soup had great texture and depth. I'd definitely do this one again.
Made a double batch for a work luncheon. Turned out a little too salty (probably from the andouille sausage I chose). Added a generous pinch of brown sugar to tone down the salt and enhance the beer flavor - worked like a charm! And ditto to other comments about using a dark beer. I love cooking with beer, and this soup needs that rich, deep flavor that a stout or very dark lager will give.
A Super filling and flavorful beer cheese soup that will keep you asking for seconds. Because of the dark stout beer, this soup takes on a great flavor that everyone will love - especially the kids. A good variation on this recipe is to add half more potatoes and put them through the blender which will make this recipe much thicker and creamier. Also try adding 1/2 more beer which will make this soup take on a more powerful flavor. Using a stout beer is very important as this style of beer does not have a lot of bitter hoppy flavors which does not work to compliment this beer cheese soup.
This tastes very similar to my beer cheese soup (posted here) and I think a combination of the two recipes would be incredible. The potatoes and sausage in this soup were really good and I'd definitley keep them if I tried the combination. I missed the onion-y flavour of my recipe, but I wonder if I just expected this to taste more like mine -- but then, what would the point be of trying something new, right?