Today on Social Distancing Kitchen, we are bringing theme park magic to your home by showing you how to make one of the most popular dishes at Walt Disney World's Epcot.
It's Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier. This is the official recipe from Disney and serves 10, although we halved the recipe in the video below because we don't have that many people staying in the Social Distancing Kitchen bunker... and don't want to waste food!
1/2 pound bacon, in 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup red onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup flour
3 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
1 pound white cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Tablespoon hot sauce (e.g. Tabasco)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup warm beer (preferably a Canadian ale)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Scallions or chives to garnish
In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat for 5 minutes, until slightly browned. Stir frequently to keep the bacon from burning.
Add onion, celery and butter and saute for 5 minutes, or until the onion is softened.
Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about four minutes.
Whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the milk and simmer for 15 more minutes. Do not allow the soup to boil after adding the milk.
Remove from heat and stir in cheese, hot sauce, Worcestershire, and beer until smooth, finishing with the salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick, thin with warm milk.
Serve the soup and top with garnish.
I hope that you will enjoy this Epcot favorite with your family or fellow "quarantineers" while the parks are closed. And even maybe after they reopen!
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