For those of you who like Brie, here's another way to enjoy it - this soup is just wonderful to begin a dinner party!
THE ABBEY'S CREAM OF BRIE SOUP
Recipe By :The Abbey Restaurant, Atlanta, Georgia
Serving Size : 6
1/4 cup butter
2 large onions -- diced
1/4 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 lb. mushrooms (about 10-12 medium sized)
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup all-purpose Flour
3 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
1 bay leaf
1 Pinch fresh thyme
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
10 oz. French brie -- sliced, divided
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup sherry
In a heavy 2-qt. saucepan, melt butter, sauté onions, garlic & mushrooms. Add wine, reduce till almost dry. Add flour, reduce heat, & work into paste. Add chicken stock & bay leaf, bring to moderate boil, and cook till thickened & smooth.
Add thyme & whipping cream, strain & replace on heat. Slowly with a whisk, blend in 6 oz. of the brie, whisking until of smooth consistency. Add salt, pepper & sherry.
Pour into oven-proof bowls, place croutons on top. Lay remaining slices of brie carefully on croutons. Brown lightly under broiler & serve.
The Abbey Restaurant, Atlanta, GA
"This soup is so rich, but oh, so good!!"