I don't know if Wisconsin has an official soup, but if it did, it would be beer cheese soup. As a newbie Wisconsinite, I don't have a tried and true recipe, so browsing all the options was a bit overwhelming. I had to decide on the type of cheese, type of beer, and if I wanted to include add-ins from bratwurst to butternut squash. I settled for a combo of cheddar and swiss- cheddar for the flavor and swiss for the creaminess. For beer, I picked a local brew of course. I chose a recipe with some carrot, green onion, celery and potatoes, because let's face it, we all need to eat our veggies and it is easy to get in your daily requirement when they are swimming in cheesy goodness. Do you have a favorite beer cheese soup recipe? Post a link! Click continue reading to see my recipe.
Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup with Veggies
Adapted from Wisconsin Cheese Chowder Recipe courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
3 cups diced carrots
1 cup slice celery
3/4 cup chopped green onions
4 cups peeled, diced round red potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 can low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup flour
2 cups Milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup Wisconsin beer*
1 1/2 cups shredded Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar cheese
Recommended: Babcock Hall Dairy Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Wisconsin Swiss cheese
Recommended: Babcock Hall Dairy Baby Swiss Cheese
1. Coat a large pot with cooking spray and place over medium high heat until the pot is hot.
2. Add carrots, celery, and green onions and cook for 8 minutes stirring occasionally.
3. Add potatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
4. Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
5. Place flour in a bowl. Gradually add milk while whisking with a wire whisk. Add to pot.
6. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
7. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened.
8. Add the beer, cook 1 more minute.
9. Remove from heat, add cheeses, stirring until the cheeses are melted.
*The alcohol cooks out of the beer, but if you don't want to use beer in this recipe, you can use extra chicken broth instead.