La Fin Du Monde Crab Chowder

Okie dokie, well beer in soup is just awesome. We've all had beer cheese soup (and if you haven't, you should). It gives it this unique yummy flavor. I made this with Duvel a while back because I had a few of them and wanted to try one for cooking. I guess it's the first thing I made with beer. I was searching for ideas of what Duvel would be good for and I came across the idea of a crab soup. This time I decided to try with La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue and it also turned out great. Belgian strong pale ales and tripels work well but you can experiment with anything you like (after all, that's half the fun). Taste it as you go along and change whatever you like. It's all about what feels and tastes right to you :D

4 and 1/2 cups milk
1 cube chicken or fish bouillon
3 tbsp butter
2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 plum tomato
1 tsp minced garlic
2 cans of crab meat
1/4 tsp white pepper
6 ounces beer
2 tbsp flour

Chop the onion, garlic, celery, and tomato very finely. Start cooking them in a pot with some butter on medium heat until the onion becomes transparent. Add 4 cups of milk and the rest of the ingredients, except the flour. Dissolve the flour in half a cup of milk and add slowly to the hot pot stirring as you go. Keep cooking and stirring until it becomes a creamy consistency. Adjust anything to your taste. Tada! Enjoy!

Well, I think my next few posts might be about recipes to pair with beer. I'm thinking stuffed mushrooms will be next. Then maybe crabcakes, sweet potato gnocchi, or some kind of sandwich. We'll see :)

Oh and if you have any ideas for any dishes let me know and I'll see what I can come up with.