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Irish Pub Cheese Soup

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St. James Gate Publick House (167 Maplewood Avenue) has been affectionately known as The Gate since it first opened in 2003. Now a staple in Maplewood Village, the owners share their famous Irish cheese soup recipe. It’s a nice change from more traditional American Thanksgiving fare, and would be a delicious addition to a weekend of football and family.

Serves 4

2 tablespoons salted butter
1/4 cup onion (one medium), diced
1/2 cup celery (one medium stalk), diced
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1 12-ounce bottle of Harp beer
1 cup whole milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

In two-quart pot, melt butter, cook onions and celery for two minutes.

Stir in all ingredients, except the cheese, slowly; bring to a boil for one minute, then simmer on low. Gradually stir in cheese, until all cheese is melted.

Garnish with chives or shredded cheddar cheese and serve.