This modern Irish beer & cheddar soup is reinvented with the flavors of bacon, sharp & smoked cheddar cheese, heavy cream and a subtle bite of jalapeno. The hoppy flavors of the of the classic Irish lager add further complexity to this dish. Serve with a simple green salad and garlic crusted crostini. Smart Recipes, European Recipes, Pork,Dairy Recipes, Recipes Pork,Dairy European Modern Irish Beer And Cheddar Soup Modern Irish Beer And Cheddar Soup Recipe | PT35M Serves 4 Ingredients: 0.5 Pound Slab Bacon 1 Small White Onion 2 Large Celery Rib 1 Large Jalapeño 1 Tablespoon Thyme 3 Cloves Garlic 12 Ounces Irish Lager 2.25 Cups Chicken Broth 0.25 Cup Unsalted Butter 0.25 Cup All-Purpose Flour 1 Cup Heavy Cream 0.5 Pound Shredded Cheddar Cheese 0.25 Pound Shredded Smoked Cheddar Cheese 1 Teaspoon Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper 0.25 Cup Green Onions Fry the bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat for 7 minutes or until crispy. Transfer the bacon, to a paper towel lined plate, to drain excess grease. Sauté the onion, celery, jalapeno, thyme and garlic in the bacon fat, for about 5 minutes or until the onions start to become translucent. Stir in beer and cook for another 5 minutes, stir in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Melt butter in a separate skillet over medium heat and stir in flour, stirring continuously. Cook for 2 minutes until a light roux is formed. Transfer the roux to the soup and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in heavy cream, cheddar cheeses, salt, black pepper and cooked bacon. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve with a garnish of cheddar cheese and green onions if desired.

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