Just the thing for a cold wintery day.
I actually made and documented two different recipes yesterday, but decided to split them up because the theme didn't exactly go together. While the apple pudding really hit the spot because it wasn't a typical dessert for a cold wintery day, this recipe definitely is something you want to bring out when you're snowed in and layering up even with the heat on, and considering what we got hit with today, it turned out waiting a day to post this one probably wasn't a bad idea!
I'm also excited to point out that this is the fiftieth recipe I've featured since starting this blog. I have to admit, it's kind of crazy to realize that it's already been fifty recipes and almost six months since I started A Peek Into the Pantry, because it still feels like I just came up with the idea and got everything started just last week. I really appreciate all the feedback and support I've gotten from people in that time, and hope you guys will stick around for another fifty posts over the next several months!
I woke up this morning to discover that after a couple days of decent weather and consistently melting snow, we're once again completely buried under a good couple inches of heavy, sticky snow that doesn't sound like it's going to be going anywhere any time soon. It's making me wish I'd made this soup today instead of doing it tomorrow, because it definitely would be hitting the spot now that we're pretty much snowbound for who knows how long.
As pretty as it is when it snows like this, man I am ready for spring.
I've had this recipe set aside for a long time, and I'm pretty sure I originally found it on Tumblr. It's from How Sweet It Is, and can be found here. I'm not really sure why it took me so long to do it, but we finally decided to pull the trigger on it because it seemed a decent enough meal for a day that's usually filled with melted cheese, lots of beer and tortilla chips.
Now there were two parts of this recipe I was a little concerned about: the beer, and the peppers. I'm really not a fan of alcohol of any variety (not on moral grounds or anything, I just think it tastes nasty) and didn't want this to taste boozy, but since you're giving the alcohol a lot of time to cook off, I was less concerned about the beer than I was about the peppers. I've mentioned before that I don't love cooked peppers, and was a little concerned when I saw how many peppers there were going to be in this recipe.
Still, I went forward with it with cautious enthusiasm. You cook the bacon in the pot first, scoop the cooked bacon out when it's done, and then cook the peppers, onions and garlic together in the drippings until the onions are clear.
Next goes in butter and flour. You mix these together until the flour is a nice golden color, which I promptly forgot to photograph. But it happened, and it happened pretty quickly.
I also apparently forgot to photograph actually pouring the beer in, but it goes in next, cooks for five minutes, and then is joined in the pot by half and half.
Many thanks to my dad for not only running out to get the half and half when it turned out we forget to get it at the store, but also for helping photograph these steps because they kind of required too much attention to stop and take a picture of each step by myself.
Next goes in the best part: the cheese. I didn't stray from the recipe's suggestions of cheese to use because it already featured my favorite cheeses! You really can't go wrong with cheddar and colby jack, in my opinion.
This goes into the soup on a low heat, and they quickly dissolve to give you a nice, cheesy soup.
I was a little disappointed to discover that it didn't actually make that much soup. It's totally my fault for not realizing it - the recipe is perfectly frank about how many servings it makes, but I felt pretty bad when I realized I had all these people over the house who wanted to try it, and they each could just get a little taste.
That said, it's a pretty easy soup to make, so we could have either doubled the recipe, or just whipped up another batch relatively quickly. I was talked out of doing it, but I definitely wouldn't have minded.
It's definitely something that's best served immediately - I had to wait a while to eat mine and a thick film formed on the top of it by the time I got to, but unfortunately I can't attest to how well it reheats because it was gone within fifteen minutes. We served it in mugs so people could eat it on the couch, and this went great until...
So, fifty recipes later, and I'm still burning myself. Aloe vera worked a miracle though, and you can barely tell there's anything there today, which is awesome because it looked pretty terrible when it first happened. Still, people are constantly burning and cutting themselves by accident on professional cooking shows, so I was more frustrated because it really hurt and was totally not in a convenient spot for finishing the rest of the pictures I needed to take!
And that's that. I'm sorry there wasn't much historical commentary here beyond that this is definitely something I'd want to be eating if I was a pioneer out in Minnesota (or just in Minnesota in general, since they're still pretty buried in snow), but I promise there are lots of other exciting historical recipes to come.
Until then, stay warm!
Here's to fifty more recipes!