Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe
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- 5 cups milk, warmed
- ½ pound bacon
- 10 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup celery
- 2 each red onions, finely chopped
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
- To taste - kosher salt
- To taste - freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons Tabasco sauce
- 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 12 ounces slightly warm ale
- Slowly heat milk.
- Brown the bacon first, then render until crisp.
- Add the butter and melt.
- Add celery and onions, cook until translucent.
- Add flour and mix thoroughly to form a roux.
- Add chicken stock and simmer for three minutes.
- Add warm milk and stir vigorously to thicken.
- Cook out roux until thickened (it should not have a starchy taste).
- Reduce heat to low, add cheese, and stir until melted.
- Season with kosher salt, pepper, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Just prior to serving, add warm ale.
- Garnish with cooked bacon and fresh chives.
Cook's note: When re-heating soup, do not bring to a boil, as it will break down.