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Beer Soup

Beer soup – another unusual soup from the Alsace region of  France.  Potage à la bierre is an authentic old recipe that you probably won’t come across that often – it really makes a change from the usual soups of modern days and is well worth a try for something different.  The use of nutmeg in food is a trend in food from Alsace probably because they would have been aware of nutmeg’s health benefits in the old days such as digestive functions.

Beer soup – ingredients for four people

1 onion

1 ½ litres chicken stock

33cl light ale

200g breadcrumbs

30g butter

Salt and pepper to season

A little grated nutmeg

Small pot of fresh cream or crème fraiche

Some bread croutons


1. Chop the Onion, add to a pan with butter and lightly fry until just golden.

2. Add the chicken stock and beer and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over and season.  Bring to the boil and then simmer for 25 minutes.

3. Pour the liquid through a sieve into a bowl.

4. Add the cream, a pinch of nutmeg and serve with the croutons.

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