Cheddar Cheese Soup

I’ve never been to Epcot. I really want to go, if for nothing else but the foods from the various places around the world. I might take in a few rides too, but I’m all about the food first. So since I haven’t been there I can’t really say for sure that this cheddar cheese soup is a copycat of the Canadian cheese soup you can get at the Le Cellier Steakhouse. I do know that this soup is crazy good, though. Heavenly good. Creamy. A bit smoky thanks to the bacon. A just a slight kick of heat.
Cheddar Cheese SoupI used the best white cheddar I could find, and although you can go with a cheap brand, I think a quality cheese can really make this dish, while a lesser one can just make it ‘ok’. So splurge on a good cheese and you’ll be glad you did.

Also try my creamy pimento cheese soup.

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion chopped fine
  • 3 ribs celery chopped fine
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 pound grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup warm beer
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Green onions chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Add bacon to a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until the bacon starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the red onion, celery, and butter. Sauté until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the flour. Stir, and continue stirring for 4-5 minutes until the flour is cooked over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add milk. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer slowly for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pot from the heat and stir in cheese, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to taste until the cheese is melted.
  • Stir in warm beer.
  • Serve garnished with chopped green onions if desired.

Ragin’ Cajun Cheddar Ranch Bugles

Bugles snacks don’t need a whole lot of help to be even more addicting than they already are. I decided to kick them up with some spicy Ragin’ Cajun Fixin’s Cajun seasoning, with a hint of cheddar and Ranch. Crazy good. Make a batch of Ragin’ Cajun cheddar ranch Bugles for the next big party at your house. Folks will know you didn’t just put a bowl of bagged snacks. You went the extra mile!

Ragin' Cajun Cheddar Ranch BuglesRemember to always put a few Bugles on the ends of your fingers and make sounds like a witch. You have to. You can’t help it.

Ragin' Cajun Cheddar Ranch Bugles

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Combine seasonings in a small bowl.
  • Place chips into a large plastic bowl. Spray lightly with oil, gently stirring to get good coverage.
  • While stirring the chips, slowly pour in the seasoning mix.
  • Spread chip mixture out evenly onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before serving

Cheddar Ranch Fritos

My goodness, these chips are addicting. I came up with the idea while pondering what we were going to snack on during today’s Daytona 500 race. I remembered back to the awesome Cheddar Ranch Pork Rind Puffs I made recently, and suddenly it hit me to try the same basic approach on Fritos chips. And thus cheddar ranch Fritos were created!

CheddarRanchFritosAnita said that these chips (and the Southwestern Ranch dip i served with them) were some of the best things I’ve made. Like I said, the chips are mighty addicting. You’ve been warned! They have the perfect mix of cheddar and Ranch with that great corn crunch and flavor.

Oh, and if you’d rather make these with Fritos Scoops, you’ll definitely want to increase the amount of seasoning.

Also check out my grilled stuffed Fritos. Fritos are awesome!

Cheddar Ranch Fritos

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Life's A Tomato

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Combine seasonings in a small bowl.
  • Place chips into a large plastic bowl. Spray lightly with oil, gently stirring to get good coverage.
  • While stirring the chips, slowly pour in the seasoning mix.
  • Spread chip mixture out evenly onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before serving