Beer and Cheddar Soup with Smoked Ham Recipe

Beer and Cheddar Soup with Smoked Ham

Servings

Prep Time

Total Time

Gluten Free

12

45 min

1 hr

No

Make this Wisconsin favorite with any pilsner-style beer, sharp cheddar cheese and Jones ham and bacon. Perfect on any lunch menu.

Double Cherrywood Smoked Boneless Sandwich Slicing Ham

This recipe is made with

Boneless Sandwich Slicing Ham

Product Information

You can also make this recipe with

Boneless Glazing Ham Dry Aged Hickory Smoked Bacon, Uncooked Dry Aged Cherrywood Smoked Bacon, Uncooked

Ingredients

1 pound Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Cherry Hardwood Smoked Bacon, diced small
2 cups water
8 ounces onion, diced
1 ounce garlic, minced
8 ounces butter, unsalted
10 ounces all-purpose flour
1 gallon chicken broth
16 ounces pilsner-style beer
16 ounces heavy cream
2 pounds sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 pounds Jones Dairy Farm Naturally Smoked Ham, medium diced
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Step 1
Place cubed bacon and water in pan and slowly bring to a boil. This will render most of fat out of bacon. When water evaporates, only fat will remain. Allow bacon to fry in fat until crispy. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

Sweat onion and garlic in butter on medium-low heat until onion is clear and tender. Season. Do not allow onion or garlic to gain any brown color.

Step 3
Once ready, add flour in four batches, stirring constantly. Once fully incorporated, allow to cook on low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

Step 4
Add COLD chicken broth slowly, being sure to whisk out any clumps. Once fully incorporated, allow to simmer for about one hour over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 5
Strain through a chinoise (fine mesh colander) into another pot. Add beer once a high simmer is reached. Allow alcohol to cook out for about 10 minutes. Add cream slowly, constantly stirring vigorously. Remove from heat.

Step 6

Add cheese in eight batches, stirring constantly. Season. Add diced ham and ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with crispy bacon pieces. Makes 1.5 gallons.

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