Corned beef sliders

Meaty issue: Get ready for corned beef, which symbolizes St. Patrick's Day in the United States. At Irish restaurants and bars, corned beef will be the menu star. (Andre J. Jackson/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups water
2 beef bouillon cubes or reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
2 cups chopped, cooked corned beef
2 cups finely shredded green or savoy cabbage
2 cups fat-free half-and-half or light cream
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided

In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 2 minutes.

Stir in the water and add the bouillon; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the corned beef and cabbage. Whisk in the half-and-half and 1 cup of the Swiss cheese. Cook for about 20 to 30 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly. Stir occasionally.

Serve in individual bowls or cups, topping each with 1 tablespoon of the remaining shredded cheese.

Tested by Susan M. Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.

Nutrition information:
Based on a 1-cup serving: 236 calories (64 percent from fat), 17 grams fat (9 grams sat. fat), 7 grams carbohydrates, 13 grams protein, 561 mg sodium, 64 mg cholesterol, 1 grams fiber.


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