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This Beer Cheese Soup will remind you of a cold and snowy winter day in front of a fireplace. So bring on the cold weather and enjoy this delightful silky and creamy Beer Cheese Soup. This soup is also considered a classic Midwestern recipe that is especially popular in Wisconsin. Beer adds a wonderful tang to this delicious cheese soup. For this recipe I have included cooking instructions for the stove top, slow cooker and Instant Pot pressure cooker.
History of Beer Cheese Soup:
In the state of Wisconsin, Beer Cheese soup is on the menu at every pub and restaurant across the state. Made from their two favorite ingredients the state is best known: beer and cheddar cheese! Wisconsin was settled by mostly German immigrants who brought with them the tradition of beer cheese soup. Besides Germany, a beer soup cooked with egg yolk was a common breakfast staple in European countries to serve with bread during medieval times. Eventually over the years, beer soup was livened up with more spices, onions, and cheese evolving into a more hearty meal. The essential ingredients to a good beer cheese soup is butter, flour, chicken stock, lager beer, and sharp cheddar cheese. The butter and flour is cooked together to form the roux base, which serves as a thickener for the soup.
The tradition in Wisconsin is to top your bowl of soup with popcorn. It is unclear on when or why it became a tradition to top beer cheese soup with popcorn. Perhaps since most pubs and bars offered free bowls of popcorn, it was handy for patrons to sprinkle popcorn on their soup to enjoy a nice crunchy topping. That could be one theory. I have also been able to find references to Native Americans making popcorn soup in the 17th Century and in the country of Ecaudor, topping soup with popcorn is also traditional. Learn more about the History of Popcorn.
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This is the type of pressure cooker that I prefer to use in my cooking: I get readers asking which electric pressure cooker brand I prefer to use for cooking. I personally use the Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker. I love having 7 cooking functions in one space saving appliance – Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute Pan, Steamer, Yogurt Maker and Warmer.
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