Oyster-Artichoke Soup _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- While the weather is cool, try Oyster-Artichoke Soup.


Oyster-Artichoke Soup

Serves 6-8. Recipe is by Corinne Cook.

1½ to 2 pints fresh oysters, drained (reserve oyster liquor), set aside

½ cup butter (1 stick)

1½ cups chopped green onions

13 cup finely chopped celery

Generous pinch of dried thyme

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon salt or to taste

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

5 tablespoons flour (level tablespoons, not mounded)

1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth

2 (14-ounce) cans quartered artichokes including the liquid (remove tough outer leaves if necessary)

Shake of Tabasco (be careful if you already added cayenne)

½ cup whipping cream or half-and-half

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Drain oysters, reserving the liquor. Set aside.

2. In Dutch oven melt butter and add green onions, celery, thyme, bay leaf, salt and cayenne. Sauté 2 or 3 minutes or until celery is tender.

3. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in chicken broth, artichokes and liquid, a shake of Tabasco and the reserved oyster liquor. Over medium/high heat, cook until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.

4. Add oysters, cream and chopped parsley. Cook 4-5 minutes or until oyster edges curl. Taste for seasoning. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Note: If soup is too thick, thin it with water or milk.