Grilled Bratwurst & Cheddar Soup

add beer if you like obvs

add beer if you like obvs

Lovely reader Rosie, who shares my affinity for all things cheesy, sent me this link last week: 21 Life Changing Things To Do With Cheddar Cheese.

I was intrigued, I was appreciative but, above all, I was hungry.

Rosie suggested that I give some of the recipes the TMBL treatment and, on reflection, I seconded this excellent plan.

So here’s my first go around. In its original incarnation this was a Bratwurst, Cheddar & Beer Soup.

Naturally, I removed the beer from the equation (sorry Hubs) to keep it gluten-free and tided up a few other ingredients to produce a cleaner soup that (I hope) retains the tastiness of the original.

It certainly hit the spot for me.

Grilled Bratwurst & Cheddar Soup (serves 3-4)

*adapted from Serious Eats

  • 3 bratwurst
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • 3 small potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 1 tbsp djion mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot
  1. Fry the bratwurst in a frying pan over a high heat until well browned. Remove and chop into pieces.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat and add the onion and celery and cook for 4 minutes until softened.
  3. Add the bacon and cook until it browns then stir in the garlic, potatoes, mustard and hot sauce.
  4. Turn the heat up and pour in the stock and heavy cream. Add the bratwurst, season well and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Mix the arrowroot with a little water (about 2 tbsps) then pour into the soup and stir to thicken. Take the pot off the heat and stir in the cheese just before serving.

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