Slow Cooker Cheddar Bratwurst Soup
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
4 cups cubed potatoes
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
10 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 TBS butter
1 16-19 oz pkg. uncooked Bratwurst
4 cups chicken broth
1 12 oz bottle ale (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup cornstarch
In your slow cooker, add onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots and seasonings. Top with cheese.
Pour in chicken broth and optional bottle of ale. Cover and begin cooking on high.
Meanwhile, melt butter in skillet on medium high heat. Sear bratwurst on each side. Drain and slice into 1/2 inch slices. Return to skillet to sear on cut sides. Drain. Add to slow cooker. Cover and continue cooking 4 hours on high or reduce temperature to low and cook for 8 hours.
Thirty minutes before serving, remove 1/2 cup of liquid. In medium bowl, combine cooking liquid and cornstarch. Stir until well combined. Add heavy cream. Stir well. Return to slow cooker. Stir. Replace cover to continue cooking until thickened.
Serving Suggestions: Serve with crusty bread, pretzels, shredded cheddar cheese.
Store remainder covered in refrigerator for several days.