Today, the weather is about as miserable as can be. Unless of course the torrential rain warnings were, instead, snowfall warnings. Regardless, today’s weather can be summed up as ‘gross’. To warm them up, I am going to make a pot of this smoked gouda apple soup. My kids have decided smoked gouda is a food of the gods and will eat it by the pound. That fact alone makes this dish a surefire winner.
As tempting as it may be to crank the heat and get this deliciousness into your bowl faster, don’t do it. Step away from the pot. Cheese will scorch to the bottom of your pan faster than you can say lickety split. Slow and easy wins this race.
If you can’t avoid the temptation and do end up with a hot mess on the bottom of your favourite pot, try this salt and boiling water method to drastically cut down on your clean up. Not that I have any experience with that sort of thing.
Smoked Gouda Apple Soup
- 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 5 medium apples, peeled, cored, diced preferrably Granny Smith or Gala
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 3 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 cups half and half
- 8 oz smoked gouda shredded
In a heavy bottom sauce pan, over medium-low heat, saute onions in butter, until soft and translucent.
Add cinnamon, pepper, and apples and saute additional 5 minutes
Add stock, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until apples are soft.
Using a hand immersion blender, puree soup
Whisk together flour and half and half. Over medium-low heat, stir into soup and cook another 2 minutes.
Add in grated cheese, stirring until incorporated.
Taste; add salt if necessary