Friday, December 7, 2007

Soups On

It's A Soup-Tacular!

I love a good hearty bowl of soup. And I don't mind sharing the recipe. The only problem is that when you are used to making it in huge amounts-it is hard to break the recipe down to small amounts.
There are so many soups I could give you recipes for that can be made with a cream base. I really could give cooking school lessons on soup making after the 7 years I spent making gallons of soup almost everyday.
At the time I thought I would die if I had to make one more gallon of Crab Brie soup. But it really was to die for. You can take the same cream base and add roasted garlic and shrimp.
Ooo la la!
But since so many people cannot get seafood---- I'll post the recipe for the soup I made the other week for church dinner.
If you would like some of the other seafood soups recipes just let me know.

Everyone loves this soup and there are many different varieties of the recipe going around-this is not the low calorie one.

Southwest Tortilla Soup
1- large onion chopped
1-bell pepper chopped
4-ribs of celery chopped
1T-chopped garlic
1 gallon of chicken broth or water and chicken bullion
2- cans chopped tomatoes with liquid
1-can of white corn
1-can of mild enchilada sauce
1t-chili powder
1/2 t-liquid smoke-opptional
1- cup grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Blond Roux to tighten(this is simply equal amounts of melted butter and flour mixed and added to soup when it is hot but not boiling)

5-big chicken breast cooked and diced -you can use ground turkey or beef if you like

Flour tortillas fried-cut in thin strips and fry till crisp-top soup before eating
Sour cream and grated cheddar to top soup before eating

In advance cook chicken and set aside. I do not use the chicken broth in the soup unless it has been strained. I don't like the white residue floating in the broth. To broth add veggies, garlic, tomatoes, corn, enchilada sauce. Let this cook until veggies are tender but not falling apart. They add substance to the soup-- so I like to cut them in a big chop so you can tell they are in the soup. Add the rest of the seasoning and then tighten with roux. If you like thin broth soups you don't have to tighten the soup.
Once the soup is as tight as you like-- add the chicken. I don't like to add it before because it tends to shred. Make sure if you use the roux to let
Be careful when you fry the flour tortillas because they will brown very quickly.
Once you have let them drain on a paper towel and cool- you can store them in a ziploc bag. They can be done a day ahead.
Once soup is finished let the people top the soup with cheese, sour cream and fried strips.


Brent & Heather Harbin said...

Please!!! The second you said crab and brie and I thought I had died and gone to heaven and then I was quickly heartbroken when you decided against posting it!

Plus, I'm super lucky that I live at the beach and can get fresh seafood faster than I can get groceries!

Mary said...


This soup sounds delicious and I would guess that any excess can be frozen in individual servings to be enjoyed at a later date.

Thanks for sharing. I'm always looking for a good soup recipe.


Brent & Heather Harbin said...

Oh my goodness! I apologize that you might have gotten the wrong impression that I was against figure unfriendly food - when infact, I love it more than any other kind of food!

I was just warning my chronic dieting friends about it's lack of health benefits! Please post the recipe! PLEASE!!!!!

Denise said...

Sounds really good sis.

Cindy said...

I think it would taste better if you made it and I was eating at your table.

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Nise' said...

Sound absolutly delicious...would you cook some for me? LOL

Kellan said...

I am a SOUP LOVER!!! I love all kinds of soups. Thanks for the great recipe! Have a good weekend. Kellan

Denise said...

Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to try that... maybe the week after Christmas when things slow down a bit......... Thanks for the kind words on my post........ I will always believe that God will bring my son home..... Hopefully soon...

have a great weekend......

Deb said...

Wow now that is a different kind of soup, sounds good if someone else cooks it,I might just mess that one up.have a great weekend:)

The Preacher's Wife said...

oh how I love tortilla soup...great recipe!! :))


Nan said...

Thanks for the recipe. Stop by for my chicken velvet soup.

Mari said...

Thanks for visiting me - I too have seen you on several of my regular stops and thought I should stop over, but I seem to be in a hurry too often! Thanks for going first!
I have made a recipe that is almost the same and it is good. I love soup!

Andrea said...

I'm not much of a soup person, although the rest of my family could LIVE off of it!

I like tomato soup and chicken noodle soup...and that's about it!

I know -- not very adventerous!

Melanie said...

That sounds delicious!!

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