N and I are a little obsessed with the Oscars. Back in college my roomate and I would throw crazy parties where we dressed up in old prom attire, taped a red plastic table cloth to the ground, served gold colored cocktails, and had a fondue matched to every best picture nominee (clearly before there were 9 nominees and also before we had lives).
This year we kept it simple – golden beer cheese soup & not-so-simple-but-oh-so-worth-it soft pretzel bites.
Beer Cheese Soup Recipe:
1 stick of butter
1/2 can carrots
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup onion
1/2 cup flour
6 cups chicken broth
.65 lbs. cheddar (get the brick & shred it yourself)
12 oz beer (avoid dark beers like stouts – we love Lakefront’s Riverwest Stein)
Shred cheddar & dice onion. Shredding your own cheese is very important because if you buy the pre-shredded variety it won’t melt the same. Melt the butter in a stock pot & add the carrots, pepper, garlic salt, and onion. Simmer until soft. Add 1/2 cup flower and wisk until smooth. Wisk in chicken broth. Slowly add shredded cheddar while stirring. Bring everything to a boil and add the beer. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes & stir to keep the bottom from getting burned.