Soup à la Bière (Beer Soup)
Let’s toast to the weekend and stay warm at the same time with this delicious European medieval inspired soup. Also known as soup à la bière in the region of Northern Europe.
It is also Oktoberfest! Make this soup with your favorite German beer and celebrate the Bavarian festival.
Now, in case you’re wondering how good could this soup really be with beer? It’s pretty darn good. Just like when you add wine to dishes and allow the alcohol to cook out, the same goes here and what you’re left with is a rich velvety, flavorful soup. Throw on some crispy croutons and it’s heaven in a bowl.
Another great dish for Oktoberfest is Slow Cooker Beer Bratwurst with Onions and Peppers, you can see that recipe at the bottom of the post.
If you’ve had potato and leek soup, this is similar with beer added for amazing flavor. If the beer is not for you, or you are serving to children, you can omit the beer. Doesn’t this look like the perfect bite with a crispy crouton?
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- 2 ounces unsalted butter
- 14 ounces potatoes, chopped
- 1 leek, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 16 fluid ounces Hoeggarden white beer
- 3 cups water
- 1 bay leaf and sprig of rosemary tied together
- salt and pepper
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, add the potatoes, leek and onion. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
- Pour in the beer and the water, herbs, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
- Remove the herbs, pass the soup through a food mill or blender. Reheat, test for seasoning and adjust.
- Garnish with croutons.
Amount Per Serving Calories 234Saturated Fat 7gCholesterol 30mgSodium 31mgCarbohydrates 22gProtein 3g