Dana Slatkin

Cauliflower Cheddar Beer Soup with Cornbread Croutons

Cheddar Beer SoupThe holiday games have begun. I know because I was in a store yesterday buying my kid fangs for Halloween, when some all-too-jolly Christmas music wafted into my ears. Not to be a cantankerous grouch or anything. Actually, I really do love this time of year — the refreshing chill in the air, the warm smells of cloves and casseroles, the cozy nights and twinkling lights.

But the sound of jingle bells in October can only mean one thing…time to get ready for the Thanksgiving feast.

Though I collect ideas and try new recipes all year long, now is the time my kitchen turns into a test lab. Anyone who walks in must take a bite of whatever is on the counter and give me their honest opinion. The rejects are tossed, the tastes are tallied, and the winners get a place on my holiday table.

Buttermilk Cornbread
So far, this hearty soup has received the most thumbs up. Inspired by the cauliflower soup from one of my favorite cookbooks, Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen, I’ve added a few Thanksgiving twists, like homemade cornbread croutons and a can of your favorite beer (Hey, even soup should feel special on holidays.).


It reminds me of bread cubes and boiled cauliflower slathered in mustardy cheese fondue. So why fret? It’s the perfect soup to make while you’re listening to holiday tunes.

In the mood for a hearty soup? Try my Glass Noodle Soup with Fennel and Tofu; 4-Pepper Tomato Tortilla Soup; Spicy Sweet Potato Soup; and Spinach Soup with Fried Chickpeas.

There are only a few days left to enter the October Cooking Contest! Share your favorite recipe that features apples for a shot at winning some fabulous kitchen prizes!

Photo credits: Cate’s World Kitchen and The Select Gourmet.

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