Looking to cook with your Utica Club beer? You can actually use that beer in a delicious cheddar beer soup. Here's the recipe:

Here's the ingredients you'll need to create a Utica style beer soup:

- 1/2 pound piece of slab bacon, sliced 1/3 inch thick and cut into 1/3-inch dice

- 1 celery rib, finely chopped

- 1 small onion, finely chopped

- 1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped

- 2 large garlic cloves, minced

- 1 tablespoon chopped thyme

- About 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

- 1 cup heavy cream

- 1/2 pound sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded

- 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded

- Salt and freshly ground pepper

- Garlic-rubbed toasts, for serving"

You might be thinking what about the beer? You'll need a 12-ounce bottle of Utica Club pilsner.

Once you have all of your ingredients, here's the directions thanks to Food And Wine:

1) In a large saucepan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a bowl. Add the celery, onion, jalapeño, garlic and thyme to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 8 minutes. Add half of the beer and cook until reduced by half, 5 minutes. Add 2 1/4 cups of chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

2) In a small skillet, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Whisk this roux into the soup until incorporated and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 8 minutes. Add the heavy cream, cheddar cheeses and the remaining beer and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bacon and season with salt and pepper. Add a few tablespoons of broth if the soup is too thick. Serve the soup with garlic toasts."

Sounds delicious and very good. Can't go wrong with some UC and bacon!





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