When All Romance E-books put out a submission call for recipes to include in their Passionate Cooks cookbook, I knew I had to submit my Aphrodisian Chargrilled Oyster recipe. I had played around with the standard sauce for chargrilled oysters until I found a mixture that made me happy. Not that the others didn’t make me happy, but when I found the combination of butter, herbs, and alcohol that made me grin I actually wrote down the recipe. That is saying something, because I sometimes don’t use a recipe.
But, this isn’t what these posts are going to be about. I downloaded the free cookbook. Now, I am going to cook from it.
Last night, in honor of Monday Night Football, I made Football Season Soup by Christine Columbus. First, I sort of goofed as I made it, but once I explain, I think you will understand. I live in the land of roux, that mixture of fat and flour that we brown to make a delicious base for gumbo. The first part of the Football Season Soup recipe started out like a roux, but I was supposed to add the liquid in the next step. However, I added my vegetables to the flour and butter mixture like any good Creole cook would do (not that I am Creole, but it rubs off on you down here in New Orleans). Whoops! I don’t think that made much of a difference.
But, the beer I had certainly made the soup very different. My choice was what I had in the fridge, which was an IPA, or a very hoppy brew. Not a good idea. I loved the creaminess of the cheese in the soup, but the bitter that came through from the IPA that I used ruined the flavor for my kids. I finished a whole bowl with my side of cornbread, but they only ate the cornbread.
My note to you when you make this recipe–choose a mild beer, like a pilsner. Don’t go the darker beer route. Overall, great flavors, easy to make, and perfect for a night watching football.