Soup, stew or chili or some kind is on our menu at least once weekly from the months of October through March.  As much as I wish soup weren’t March-appropriate fare, it always is, as we are reminded this week.  But as often as I serve soup, it can be challenging to keep accompaniments interesting.  A salad and/or a hunk of French bread is typically our go-to choice, but recently I was feeling the urge to mix it up.  A couple of poblanos that had been overlooked were starting to look a little sad in the fridge.  I knew black bean and salsa soup was on the menu soon and the flavors of a tender, buttery beer bread studded with peppers and cheese sounded like a perfect match.  And it really, really was.

The bread is sturdy enough to dip into the soup without falling apart but still soft.  This quick bread takes a few more minutes than most due to roasting the peppers, but the final result is well worth that bit of extra effort.  Feel free to play around with other types of cheese and peppers.  I think roasted red peppers and feta would be another awesome combination. I’m not loving this weather but at least with meals like this one, I can tolerate it a little bit longer.

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