10/31/11

beer and cheddar soup & giveaway



:::contest closed:::

[beware bad/corny puns ahead!]

Happy Halloween. I have a huge treat for you.

But in the spirit of the Holiday you have to get through the scary stuff to get to the treat.



First, something a little spooky.

This is Nancy working on her Halloween makeup in the style of Dia De Los Muertos.





Garlic to keep away the vampires. Good thing too, this recipe had 3 heads of roasted garlic plus 8 cloves of sauteed garlic.





Beer and bread to fill your stomach and to keep you warm.

OHHHHH THE CALORIES!!!! Scary.



beer and cheddar soup: adapted from the kitchn
serves 8

printable recipe

1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 large yellow onion, diced
8 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup (8 fluid ounces) of beer, the recipe calls for Stone Ruination IPA (I used Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison because I am a little obsessed with this beer and the story behind it)
1 cup whole milk
3 heads roasted garlic
1 tablespoon smoked paprika, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 1/4 pounds cheddar cheese, grated
salt
pepper
chopped fresh chives, for garnish
water, for thinning if needed

Roast the garlic: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel outermost of the papery skin from the garlic head. Using a knife cut the top 1/4 to 1/2 inch off of the top of the garlic, making sure to expose the individual cloves of garlic. Lightly cover with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the garlic skin is light golden brown and cloves are tender when pressed, about 1 hour.

Melt 3/4 cup of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, whisking to avoid lumps. Cook, stirring frequently, until the flour takes on a light blond color, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and minced garlic and cook just until the garlic is aromatic, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the vegetable stock, beer, and milk. When the liquid begins to simmer, stir in the garlic, paprika, and cumin. Using a handheld immersion blender or a blender, puree until smooth. Whisk in the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Add a handful of cheese at a time, whisking after each addition, until melted and smooth. If needed, thin soup with a little warm water for a thinner consistency.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chives and paprika. Serve immediately.

Tasting Notes: This soup is decadent, warm and filling. A little goes a long way. Not an everyday soup. I would serve it with a salad with a really acidic dressing to cut through all the richness.



The Treat!!!!

Big Kitchen.com has partnered with evil chef mom for a devilishly great giveaway. Want to win a Delongi Immersion Blender? I have had this blender for a week now and I have used it for everything. I have chopped nuts, made soup, whipped cream, cookie crust, smoothies, and milk shakes. You can even chop onions in it. This is one of those gadgets you probably think you do not need until you actually have one, then you name it and think of it as one of your children and wonder what your life was before it came around.

The deets: This immersion blender has five speeds plus a turbo button for some extra oomph. An extra long shaft so it can be used in extra large pots. It has a beaker, chopper attachment, whisk attachment, and big foot. The blades are stanless steel and most of the parts are dishwasher safe. That means this is much easier than breaking out the blender for most things.

So how do I win it?

Leave a comment here. (you can leave as many as you want)

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Winners will be announced Friday, November 4, 2011. Good Luck!


59 comments:

secretsofawannabehousewife said...

What a great kitchen tool to have!

Me! said...

oooh I so want an immersion blender! Yes, I realize I have way more kitchen gadgets than any single person should have but if I had just this one more, I'd be set! I swear! maybe.

Jennifer said...

The immersion blender I have is so basic that I get frustrated when I go to use it. I'd love an upgrade.

I'm thinking that soup will be on the menu for when Jon gets home from his deployment.

Nouveau Chef said...

I'm not sure which I love more - the blue and white soup bowl, the recipe (with my favorite Stone!) or the chance to win an immersion blender. Thanks for sharing Krysta!

Lana said...

I am sure an immersion blender would beat the performance of my old clunker of a blender I have now. Here is to a chance for a change. Whoo Hoo!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

What a great-looking immersion blender set. Me wanty. Thanks for the chance! Fun.

And what a more-ish soup. With a side of beer bread?

Debbie said...

I would love to have this for the holidays :-) and all the others times I am in the kitchen, which is often :-)

Mb said...

yummy!

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Dawn Richards said...

The soup looks amazing! And I would kill for an awesome immersion blender. Thanks.

Pat R said...

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Pat R said...

I'd love to add this to my kitchen

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Tricia said...

My poor sad immersion blender just died - I would LOVE to have that DiLonghi as a replacement!!

Jessica said...

That soup looks delicious! And I would love to get an immersion blender! It would make my dorm so much more like home!

Candace Karu said...

So much to love about this soup: the flavor, the color, the beer! It will be a staple during the cold Maine winters. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Sigh. I miss bread. I'm afraid my son has inherited his father's (and grandmother's) sensitivity to gluten, which means I'm the only one in the house who can eat any quantity of bread without getting a stomachache.

It's a lonely position to be in.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Oh, and I don't have an immersion blender, but keep thinking I should. So, fingers crossed.

Erika said...

Who ever invented the immersion blender is a genius! Great timing for this because mine just crapped out!

Brandy said...

Thanks so much for offering the giveaway! I have wanted one for soooo long.

Catherine said...

The soup looks great!!! Going to make it today.

me said...

I've wanted an immersion blender for years now, but my kitchen was so tiny, I didn't think I had room. But I'm right in the middle of a kitchen reno/addition, so now I have room!

edh said...

This soup looks amazing (and decadent!), the blender looks like fun! Thank you!

Casey said...

This soup looks so good! I think ill be making this next week, maybe with Opa Opa Ipa. yummm

Jeanna said...

Tomorrow's menu is this soup and homemade pretzel rolls! I'm sure this immersion blender would make the process easier. And you said "extra long shaft". tee hee - I'm mentally 6.

Mary said...

Well. I could make this soup - I've everything but the beer and, it being Mississippi and all, don't have it. But I do have a home made cream stout. Think it'd work? Nope. Still can't make it - don't have an immersion blender with a long shaft that'll get down in the soup pot. Unless I win this Delongi... Then I could make this soup, and even better, share it with a couple of fellows that'd appreciate it. Deep South Cakery hugs from Mayree.

Taylor said...

This looks awesome. I think I will apply the soup directly to my thighs.

garden said...

Love the Dia de Los Muertos face paint!
And that blender would be fun to use.

Leticia H

Rhonda said...

Ive wanted a immersion blender for a long time!

hananarama said...

This beer cheese soup looks absolutely amazing, and a poor home-cooking college student can always use new kitchen gadgets!

Giveaway Hound said...

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Giveaway Hound said...

I visited big kitchen.com. I'd love to have this: http://www.bigkitchen.com/event/catalog:detail/catalogCode/cuisinart-6-qt-slow-programmable-cooker-stainless-steel-514230

We had a Cuisinart crock pot that we received as a wedding gift, but it crapped out on us a few months ago. I guess we should've kept the duplicate crockpot we received!

Oh, and we're a gluten-free household, too. My DH has celiac disease. So no soups with beer for us. Well, I guess we could use gluten-free beer, but it's really not the same, is it? And, of course, no bread either, unless it's gluten-free. Sigh.

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kristincaler said...

I have already asked my husband to put an immersion blender on my Christmas list since I've made so many delish fall soups and have been pouring them into my blender with many drips and spills along the way. :) Good to know you recommend this version!

Rebecca said...

Oh, do I ever want. Seriously. Big time.
I've liked Big kitchen on FB, followed on Twitter and tossed salt over my left shoulder.
You wanna know what I'd do with this blender? Soup. And lots of it.

Lisa P said...

I would love an emersion blender....such a great giveaway this time of year.

Jeanna said...

Made this for dinner tonight. Subbed out some cheddar for pepper jack and added a few shakes of Chipotle Tobasco and served with homemade pretzel rolls. Super Yummy! But I did make a huge mess filling my blender too full and turning it on. That immersion blender would have been handy!

Jeanna said...

oh - and I Liked Big Kitchen on FB, and follow them on Twitter. How many more times can I comment? lol

Taylor said...

Found you from BK, and I like your style. Also, we are basically neighbors (I live up in Chico, home of Sierra Nevada and the Ovila you used in the recipe).

Anywho, thanks for the sweet giveaway. I'm off to go read through your recipes!

M.j. said...

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M.j. said...

What a fantastic giveaway you are having. I could truly use this..thanks for the chance....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

M.j. said...

I like the BODUM CHAMBORD CAST IRON GRILL PAN IN BLACK...could really use this too...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

Giveaway Hound said...

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Brenda said...

Gimme that salted caramel!!! Oooh, going to have to go make this one!
Calories are just going to have to shut up for once!
I need the immersion blender, mine is wearing out and doesn't have enough power! I need POWER!!!

It's ok, I'll calm down after a bit of good chocolate....

Unknown said...

looks like a great giveaway and a great recipe! jenolulu at gmail dot com

thanks!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Oh yes! For whipping cream! It would definitely get a workout in our kitchen for that task. I have been known to request homemade cocoa with real whipped cream from my husband with some frequency in the winter.

Sharon said...

I want it, I want it, I want it.

Fingers crossed.

me said...

I would love an immersion blender!

Giveaway Hound said...

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Amanda said...

Great giveaway : ) I would love to win this
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KATRINAROO said...

Oh I hope I'm not too late!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I can I think I can I thinkI can! I hope that helps, this would be perfect for my lil tiny kitchen!!!!! :)

KATRINAROO said...

I thought I should leave one more........just in case

KATRINAROO said...

Ok, so I am off to scrub other peoples toilets and sinks, hope I come home to find something awesome, like winning this!!!!!!!!!!!

Genevieve said...

if its not too late to enter, I'd love to win an immersion blender - I make a lot of soup in the winter!
Love the Halloween makeup too!

amweeks said...

This soup looks delicious! And what a handy blender!

amweeks said...

I'm a Big Kitchen facebook fan! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

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Giveaway Hound said...

who won?

Christian said...

Looks delicious!

Gretchen said...

Extremely filling dish. I kept thinking about how you mentioned that it was not an every day dish, and I absolutely agree with you. Its a bit expensive with all the cheese and bit of beer and a bit complicated to make. Worth it, but particularly worth it for special occasions. Perfect soup for dipping your bread into!