This week, in the midst of Christmas preparations, I couldn't wait any longer to try it. Did you know you can buy corned beef in most stores year round? I didn't! I've brined my own in the past, but this time, I was happy to just pick up a ready-to-cook package and toss it in the crock-pot. Now that I've remembered how much I like corned beef, there is an awesome breakfast skillet in our near future as well!
My husband and I really enjoyed this soup. My kids were less than impressed, but that didn't really surprise me. How many kids do you know who order reuben sandwiches? Their picky palates will just mean more leftovers for us! This soup has earned a place in the regular menu rotation this winter.
recipe adapted from Closet Cooking
Yield: 5 servings
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium size onion, diced into 1/2" pieces
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup flour, I used brown rice flour
4 cups chicken broth, adjust the salt depending on whether the broth is homemade or store-bought
2 cups cooked corned beef, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 cup sauerkraut, drained
3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2" pieces
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon pickling spices
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt, to taste (I didn't add any salt at all, because my chicken broth was already salted.)
freshly ground black pepper, about 1/2 teaspoon
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
Optional: Toasted Rye bread for serving
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper and saute another minute. Sprinkle with flour, stir to coat and continue stirring while the flour cooks with the onion for about 3 minutes.
Add the broth and stir to scrape up any bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the beef, potatoes, sauerkraut, Worcestershire sauce, pickling spices, caraway seeds and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 12-15 minutes, just until the potatoes are tender.
Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves and any large pieces from the pickling spices. Stir in the cream. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Scoop into bowls and top with cheese. Serve with rye bread, if desired. Enjoy!
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