Dinner Tonight: A Husband’s Dinner

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Spicy Bratwurst and Potato Soup

  • 2 bratwurst, sliced
  • 1/2 of a pasilla pepper (what I had in the fridge), chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 amber ale–minus three or four drinks
  • Some vegetable or chicken stock, nearly a can
  • several glugs of milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • a cup (?) of shredded chipotle cheddar cheese

Saute vegetables–brown sausage.  When the vegetables are soft and the sausage is browned, make a roux in the same pan (Butter, flour. Makes a paste. Slightly caramelizes.  Absorbs liquids.  Thickens.). Add liquids.  Slowly, until each small addition absorbs into the flour. Add just enough milk, stock, and beer.  The soup could be made with just beer and milk, but I decided to add stock as well.  Add potatoes.  S & p to taste.  Simmer, just under a boil, until the potatoes are tender.   Add cheese.  It will gently melt.  Ladle into bowls.  Watch husband grin.

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