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Cold Temps = Warm Soup

The leafs are falling, the temps are dropping, and hockey is on the radio. I guess we can say fall is definitely here! Which means I want soup, lots and lots of soup. For the past few years we have started the fall soup-a-thon with what has become one of our favorites Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup from Epcot’s Canada Pavilion’s Le Cellier restaurant. This soup just screams fall with the prefect balance of cheese, beer and spice. We have found a pretzel and some apples make the prefect accompaniments to this cheesy soup. I have never made home made pretzels but its on my list to try. Until then I just grab that black, yellow and red box in the freezer aisle by the pizza rolls you know the one.

So where did we find out about this most delightful soup? Located in the bottom of the Chateau in the Canada Pavilion Le Cellier is small and cozy. Designed to resemble a wine cellar you will find lots of stone arches and of course bottles of wine! Jason and I ate here on one of our trips last year. We of course had the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup which is their signature dish along with steaks. Although the steak was good and the soup excellent I wouldn’t say this is one of our favorite restaurants on property. It's hard to get reservations and we have been turned down many times when we just try to walk up. So I was delighted to find out that they serve this soup at the Canadian booth for the Food and Wine Festival. So my tip: If you happen to be in Disney World during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival skip trying to get a reservation. Hop on over to the Canadian booth and get yourself a cup of the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. It’s the best dish they serve anyway so you get the best without the wait!

Dinner Tonight

Are you looking for some good ‘ole comfort food for dinner tonight? Do you want to bring some of that Disney magic home? Are you just in the mood for something warm and easy? Doesn’t matter the reason just give this “most requested” Disney recipe a try tonight. Soon you’ll be saying dinner’s ready and you’ll be thankful you listened to me.

Here's How the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Went Down...

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Smoked Bacon, diced
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, diced
  • 3 Ribs Celery, diced
  • 4 tbsp. Butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup All purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1 lb Sharp Cheddar, grated (Make sure to use a good qauilty cheddar)
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • Coarse salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Pale Ale or a Dark Beer your choice!
  • Diced Green onion or chives for garnish
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The Process

Step 1

As should be the first step in any recipe get your "mise en place" going and gather up all the ingredients. Heat up a large apparatus such as a stock pot or dutch oven. I prefer a dutch oven. Get the bacon going and cook until lightly brown about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Add in the onion, celery and butter. Cook stirring until the onion has softened, about 5 mintues.

Step 3

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the flour and cook stirring constantly for about 4 minutes. Whisk in the chicken stock and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you have done this right its going to be very thick like a stew and have a light brown hue to it.

Step 4

Add the milk and continue to simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Make sure to not let it boil after adding the milk!

Step 5

Remove from heat and add in the cheese, tabasco, and worcestershire. Stir until the cheese is melted then add in the pale ale and stir again. Go ahead and taste test you could add a little salt and pepper at this point but I find its normally not needed with all the cheese.

Step 6

Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle some green onion on top for garnish. Pile up your accompaniments on a plate and dinner’s ready!

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