Beer Cheese Soup & Soft Pretzel Bites

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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)

To Do:

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.

Soft Pretzel Bite Pinterest Link via Two Peas & Their Pod (Original recipe post)  They also include a cheese dip recipe, but with the beer cheese soup I didn’t think it was necessary 😉

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