Wisconsin Cheddar Beer Soup
Rich, creamy cheddar beer soup helps take the chill off long Wisconsin winters; unfortunately, most recipes cook up greasy and gritty. We needed to find cheese that could take the heat.
Why This Recipe Works
For our Wisconsin Cheddar Beer Soup, milk worked better than the usual cream and half-and-half, which are both heavy, even when cut with chicken broth. As for the beer, tasters preferred the milder, less bitter flavor of American lagers, such as Miller High Life.
Low-moisture cheeses like flavorful aged cheddar are likely to break when melted—resulting in a grainy, greasy soup. Knowing that American cheese contains emulsifiers to promote melting, we found that mixing American cheese and sharp cheddar produced nongrainy melting and rich flavor. Taking a cue from packaged shredded cheese, which includes cornstarch to prevent clumping, we added a bit of cornstarch to our hand-shredded block cheeses for a smoother Wisconsin Cheddar Beer Soup.