Individual servings are placed under the broiler, each topped with a slice of pumpernickel bread slices of Swiss cheese to form a crust on this corned beef and sauerkraut soup with sour cream.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups water
- 4 cubes beef bouillon
- 8 ounces shredded corned beef
- 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
- 3 cups half-and-half cream
- 3 cups shredded Swiss cheese
- 8 slices rye bread, toasted and cut into triangles
In a large saucepan, cook onion and celery in butter until tender; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in water and bouillon, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in corned beef, sauerkraut, cream, and 1 cup of the cheese. Cook and stir for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Ladle soup into 8 ovenproof bowls. Top each serving with a slice of bread and sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese on top of each slice of bread. Place in oven under broiler until the cheese melts and lightly browns.