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Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

BEER AND CHEESE SOUP

2 slices rye bread
1/4 cup very fine chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp dried thyme
14-oz chicken broth
1 cup beer
6-oz finely diced American cheese
6-oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp paprika
1 cup milk
Very thin green onion tops for garnish, if desired

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Cut the rye bread into 1/2-inch cubes and place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 425 for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once, until crisp.  Remove from oven and set aside to later garnish the soup.

In a slow cooker or crockpot, combine the onion, garlic, thyme, chicken broth, and beer.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 4 hours.  Turn setting to high.  Stir both cheeses, the paprika, and milk into the mixture.  Continue to cook approximately 1 hour until the cheeses are melted.  Stir the soup to blend well before serving.

To serve, ladle soup into individual soup bowls and top with the homemade croutons.  May also top with a few thin slices of green onion tops, if desired.
                                       
Yield: 4 cups
                                                       

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