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Dec 10, 2008 12:27 PM

I Need an Elegant Soup Recipe

Here's the thing. Every holiday season, my friends and I do an over-the-top dinner party, centering around a Prime Rib, called "Beast Feast."

The last few years, I've been doing a killer lobster bisque as a first course, but I'd like to change it up this year. Any suggestions?



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  1. Ina Garten's cream of mushroom soup.

    Trust me.

    You're welcome.


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    1. re: charmedgirl

      +1 for Ina's cream of mushroom soup. It's heavenly. I have served it with a melted brie crostini.

        1. re: itryalot

          Ha! I looked it up and copied it out yesterday after reading these posts. I assume this is the correct link:

          1. re: itryalot

            Oh, sorry! It is on a bunch of webpages all over the internet (food network, blogs, etc.) that I didn't think to include it. The one JoanN linked to is it. Seriously delicious, especially if you follow the recipe and actually make the mushroom stock. I served it at Thanksgiving and people were scrapping the bowls with their spoons -- including me!

          1. I must be more itred than I thought, I could of sworn that your post read "I Need an Elephant Soup Recipe", woke me up a bit though!

            1. More tired .... but I've done a clear, rich chicken broth, enriched with sherry with smallish chicken/pancetta/parmesan ravioli floating in it.

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              1. re: lrostron

                Sounds elegant.
                How about this. Make Irostron's rich chicken broth and set aside what you need for your soup. Take the rest and reduce it down until, when cold, it makes a firm gelatin. Cut the gelatin in squares. Seal them between wonton skins. To serve gently simmer these gelatin filled, flat, wontons in the set aside broth. Ladle into your soup plates and garnish use a thin slice or two of mushroom and a little chopped chives.

              2. John Folse's oyster rockefeller soup:
                Crab and brie soup:
                Or, how about a turtle soup? Commander's Palace's turtle soup is divine: