Bacon Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

juliamayedacheesesoup

By Julia Mayeda

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag of regular potatoes, my bag had 7 little guys, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • 150 grams bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces
  • 200 grams shredded white cheese
  • 1/2 TBS oil
  • 6 to 8 chicken boullion cubes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • about 8 cups of water
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  • Saute onions in oil with a dash of salt and pepper until the onions are cooked, about 5 minutes
  • In a large pot throw in your potatoes, broccoli, onions and water
  • Bring to a boil, add cumin, paprika and chicken boullion
  • Reduce heat and simmer until veggies are super tender, about 15 minutes
  • Slowly add cheese while stirring constantly
  • Add bacon and taste, season with salt and pepper
  • Portion into bowls and garnish with plenty of green onions
  • And scarf!

NOTES:

  • If you like potato skins just wash, slice and throw in, if you don’t care for the skins, peel them first, or go half and half
  • Preparation Time: about 30 minutes
  • Feeds 4 hungry people

Name of cocktail : Beer (ビール)
By Michael Halualani

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 or more cans of Beer

I thought that a nice, dark beer would go well with a hearty soup like this. So off to the local Fresta I went with the knowledge that my choices would be limited considering the flavor that the Japanese beer drinker tends to prefer. But after a quick scouring of the beer section I came up with three different options (all in can form). I lined up one can each of Guinness, Yebisu Black, and Kirin “Ichibanshibori Stout”, and the taste test began. I guess I should say up front that I was probably a bit biased in my assessment considering Guinness is one of the most popular beers in the world. The tasting proved my point with Guinness outdoing the competition hands down. That said, Yebisu Black is not a bad choice if you can’t get your hands on a Guinness or some other tasty import. I found it to have a sharper taste, with a slight bite even, where Guinness has a much smoother flavor which goes down so easy. Yebisu Black’s caramely flavor and aroma are both there, but just seem to drop off a bit too soon for my liking. The last choice, Kirin “Ichibanshibori Stout”, should be consumed only if no other option is available. With a quick internet search I found that many serious beer drinkers are up in arms over the fact that “Ichibanshibori Stout” is not actually even a stout! This has something to do with the brewing process which you are free to look up at your leisure. Regardless of this, the taste is quite similar, and the look is almost identical to Yebisu Black. Although I have downed my fare share of these guys, when put in a tasting situation I found the flavor to be slightly too bitter, and there is a lingering aftertaste that leaves my mouth with the taste of something stale and nasty. So, to end this before it gets too long, my recommendation is Guinness all the way. かんぱい!!

SCORES:
Guinness – 10
Yebisu Black – 8.5
Ichibanshibori Stout – 6.5