Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Welsh Rarebit Soup

When I had my last go at making garlic soup, the very clever My Year on the Grill suggested that it could go in a completely different direction and make a garlic, cheese and beer soup. Which is clearly genius.

I based the soup on shredded leeks, and of course leeks made me think of Wales and beer & cheese made me think of Welsh Rarebit, so here we have Welsh Rarebit Soup.

Welsh Rarebit Soup

knob of butter
4 medium sized leeks, cleaned and finely shredded
1 head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
1 litre vegetable stock
300 ml beer - a nice light one, not too bitter. A wheat beer or something. I used a Belgian lager which was absolutely vile and didn't do me any favours
300 g strong cheddar, grated.
1 heaped tablespoon French mustard
Freshly ground black pepper

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the leeks and garlic and sweat gently until the leeks begin to collapse. Add the vegetable stock, bring to the boil then lower the heat, and simmer for about half an hour. Add the beer, then puree roughly with a stick blender. Doesn't need to be totally smooth. Add the mustard and cheese and reheat gently until the cheese is melted and the soup is just about to boil. Season with pepper and serve with hot buttered toast.

14 comments:

HH said...

What a fantastic idea!!! Now I have to try Welsh Rarebit and Welsh Rarebit soup! Really, really, wishing it was cold enough for soups here at the moment!

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

That is genius! I have bookmarked this soup - hubby will love it!

Foodycat said...

HH - it's snowing here!

Natashya - it's a really good soup. Definitely one to repeat!

George Gaston said...

Now this is my kind of soup! You might have read my post last month about the first time I had Welsh Rarebit and ever since it has become a winter time staple ~ over toast, poached eggs and hamburgers.

Believe me, I will be trying your recipe. Many thanks...

A Year on the Grill said...

wow... Great minds think alike... I posted my beer cheese soup efforts this morning... Thanks for the shoutout. I gave you a link in my post as well.

And I love your original idea for welsh rarebit... gonna steal that one soon!

A Year on the Grill said...

Here's the link to see your shoutout...

http://yearonthegrill.blogspot.com/2009/12/killians-buttermilk-beer-cheese-soup-in.html

kat said...

Oh that does sounds so good.

Foodycat said...

George - rarebit on poached eggs is inspired! Yum!

YotG - thanks for the shout out! Yours looks really good too.

Kat - I can recommend it.

ARLENE said...

I have lots of cheese in the fridge. I'm going to pick up some leeks next shopping trip and make this soup.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Foodycat, what a yummy soup. I need some soup right now, it's cold here. I wish you a lovely holiday season dear friend.

Foodycat said...

Arlene - it's a great way to use up leeks!

Teresa - it's cold here too! We had snow today! Have a lovely Christmas my dear.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Oh YUM. Good idea. The idea of beer in soup actually seems to work here :) will have to bookmark this for next winter...

Simona said...

Welsh rarebit soup: that is a very nice suggestion. I have some cheese that will work perfectly in it (or so I believe).

Foodycat said...

Laura - it isn't a summer dish at all, but very welcome in colder weather!

Simona - probably home made cheese at that! Yum!

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