Soup Essentials: Bread & Bacon Soup

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

This is a recipe from  l'Astrance in Paris, I’m not sure if I got the exact ingredients, but it comes pretty close. It’s easy to make, and contains some very comforting flavor notes. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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serves 3 -4
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients

  •   4 slice
    bacon, diced
  •   2 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  •   3 slice
    bread, your choice
  •   1/2 c
    milk
  •   1/2 c
    heavy cream
  •   1 Tbsp
    dijon mustard, i prefer grey poupon
  •   1 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  •   1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  •   1 or 2 dash(es)
    hot sauce, i prefer frank's
  •  
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  •  
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  •   4 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted

How To Make

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Add the bacon to a heavy-bottom pot over medium-low heat.
  • 4
    Allow the bacon to render its fat and cook, but stop before it begins to overly brown, about 8 - 10 minutes.
  • 5
    Add the chicken stock, and allow to lightly simmer for 15 minutes, and then remove from the heat.
  • 6
    Toast the bread until it is completely dark brown.
  • 7
    Tear the bread into chunks and add to the stock.
  • 8
    Allow the stock and bread to sit for about 10 minutes.
  • 9
    Add the milk, cream, dijon, vinegar, cayenne, and hot sauce.
  • 10
    Use an immersion blender, or a food processor fitted with an S-blade, and blend the soup, until smooth.
  • 11
    Add the pot back to the stovetop over medium-low heat.
  • 12
    Chef’s Note: As the soup is heating back up, taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 13
    Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, and blend it into the soup.
  • 14
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • 15
    Serve in a nice bowl, and garnish with some bacon. Enjoy.
  • 16
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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