Eat a Beer: Holidays Part 1

Old man winter…he’s pretty hard to avoid and comes to visit unexpectedly.

But that doesn’t mean he can get the best of us. I mean, c’mon…we’re Minnesotans. We live here and except the challenges he snows upon us. And how do we defeat??? Why, with beer, of course! And food made with beer!!

This cheesy chunky soup has been a family favorite since 1994. I used to make it for my college buddies in Arizona & they would flip out…only because we didn’t need help getting warm….it’s just that good!!!

So after your snowshoe, cross country ski, sledding, what have you, this quick & tasty soup will warm them bones & stick to your ribs!
Don’t worry. There’s beer in there.
And bacon…Mmmmm…bacon….

 

Cheesy Corn Chowder
10 slices bacon
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 can beer, lager is best
2.5 cups peeled diced potatoes
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3 cups of milk
1 cup frozen corn kernels-thawed
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. flour

Stack bacon and cut into 1″ strips. Cook bacon in soup pot. Remove bacon.
In drippings, sauté onion until tender. (drain off bacon grease if there’s a lot!)
Add bacon, carrot, BEER, potatoes, bouillon and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover & simmer 20-25 minutes til veggies are tender.
Stir in milk & corn- careful not to boil!
Put flour into package or baggie of shredded cheese & shake to coat.
Add to soup mixture & stir in until melted.
Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serves 6-8. You may want to make a double batch…it’s addicting! I hope you enjoy this soup as much as my family has through the years!
Cheers!!! With a spoon!

•••This is a great soup to throw in that wonky lager left behind to sit in your fridge…begging to be loved. Or ate.
I used Pour Decisions Pubstitute, as my growler had expired its perkiness! It gave the soup a little bite, which was great with the bacon notes raging through & through!

 

 

 

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Melinda is a beer enthusiast seeking out which food and beer will join forces next... No beer is safe!! She is an active member of Barley's Angels-MN, an employee of a local brewing company, and a novice home brewer.