Tuesday, December 1, 2009

European Street Style Beer Cheese Soup

This was the first recipe I ever posted in this blog when I started it in January of this year. You can read the full recipe and the whole story in that post, but long story short, this was my attempt to replicate my favorite soup of all time, Beer Cheese Soup from European Street Cafe in Jacksonville, FL.

If you're EVER in Jacksonville, do yourself a favor. Go to one of their locations and have a beer from their vast selection, a smokerschmitt (or one of their other signature sandwiches), and a cup of beer cheese soup. Gawd, I miss that place!

This time, I used some of the smoked colby/jack, edam, and muenster cheeses from this weekend in addition to the standard ingredients. I also only had a cheap, American beer on hand.

This is the first time I made it without any cheddar at all. While it was still very good, it wasn't as great as usual. It didn't have that edge that cheddar brings. I'd recommend keeping your cheese mix to include at least 50% mild or sharp cheddar.

This is one of those rich soups that will warm you to the bone. It is "Oh my God, it's so good" good.

21 comments:

  1. I'll be trying this ASAP. Great picture as it looks absolutely delicious. I love soups. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  2. Ooooh, looks beautiful. I just can't do beer, however......

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  3. Three of my favorite things...beer, cheese, and soup.

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  4. Hell yeah me too! I have not had a good beer cheese soup since Baby Doe's in Dallas, god that was high school too, and thirty years ago...this is a keeper!

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  5. Oooh, that soup looks rich and delicious. I love the colour. I'm sold.

    I also like the looks of that Texas Pete in the mix - what is that hot sauce like?

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  6. Beer and cheese soup? I'm intrigued. For me it's the cheese...for the mr. it would be the beer (as long as I didn't use the last one in the fridge)

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  7. It's after midnight and I feel like going downstairs to make some cheese soup for some reason. I must be dreaming.

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  8. LOVE this soup. Stop at European Streets when I am in J'ville for some soup, a brat and a beer. They could up the whole thing by not serving it in a paper bowl with a plastic spoon. They just opened a Mr. Dunderbak's down the street and they have the beer and brats but NO SOUP!!!! DAMMIT!!!!!!!

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  9. Fantastic photo! I LOVE beer cheese soup and had it once a month at a lovely restaurant in our previous town. ( until the downtown in 2008 flooded and they didn't come back)
    I will be trying your recipe, my husband will be soooo happy!

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  10. I tried making cheese soup for the first time last winter. I am definitely giving this a try, it looks amazing!

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  11. Damn that looks good. I love cheese soup and I found a great way to balance the cheese tang and add an incredible smoothness - add some cream cheese!

    It also knocks out the need for flour as it thickens the soup as well.

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  12. Wow 2 of my weakness beer and cheese in a soup! For sure this is flavorful soup! I'd like also a touch of a dark beer to the dish :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

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  13. OK, been looking for a good BC recipe...

    Just had our first HARD freeze last night, and soup sounds great

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  14. Beer, cheese, soup - you can't beat that combination. It looks tasty Chris.

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  15. Oh man, I love me some beer cheese soup - it was very popular in MN where I used to live.

    On an entirely different note, I posted as per your suggestion.

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  16. I can't imagine anyone not liking this one...

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  17. Wow!That looks absolutely fantastic!!!!We use beer in our dishes in Colombia, but never in soup. Delicious :)

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  18. How have I lived this long and missed this soup? GREG

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    Check it out below!!

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  20. This sounds fantastic and I have been wanting to make something like this for a while, I just might have to make it! Thanks for the inspiration- great blog- I love to cycle and run too!

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