Recently I cam across a killer recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network’s site. I of course had to make my own adjustments to the recipe. This is the perfect dish for a cold night during the holiday season. It’s also a great dish for only 2 people since no other food is needed, it’s sooo filling. Although, some nice sour dough bread would have been great with it. Next time I will def try it in a sour dough bread bowl.
Here’s the dish:
1/2 lb. kielbasa sausage, finely chopped and crumbled
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 bay leaves
3 tbsp. garlic, minced
8 tbsp. flour
6 cups chicken stock
2 cups lager beer (preferably amber)
Dash of thyme
4 cups grated cheddar cheese (I used 1 1/2 pkgs. of 8 oz. shredded cheddar)
Cook the kielbasa in olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat until golden brown. Add the onions, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook until onions are slightly carmelized (12-15 mins). Add the garlic and cook until fragrant about a minute. SPrinkle the flour over the onions and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the stock and beer. Add the thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour. Add the cheese a little at a time, stirring until nearly completely melted after each addition. Remove from heat, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.