Oyster and Brie Soup



Combine oysters and water together and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Strain and reserve the oysters and water. In a large skillet melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour and beat with a metal whisk until smooth. Add the onions and celery, saute about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the peppers and saute about 2 minutes and set aside. In a 4 quart saucepan, bring the oyster water to a boil. Stir in the sauteed vegetable mixture until well mixed. Turn heat to high. Add cheese; cook until cheese starts to melt, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Lower heat to a simmer and continue cooking for about 4 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat, strain soup and return to pot. Turn heat to high and cook about 1 minute stirring constantly. Stir in cream; cook until close to a boil, about 2 minutes. Add green onions and champagne if desired.
Lower heat and add the oysters and handful of tasso. Check the seasoning at this point and add red pepper and salt to taste. When oysters curl serve immediately in bread bowls with crumbled bacon to garnish the top.


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