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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The cool front and rainy days that have moved in

has made me want to make soup.........my favorite thing to dine on!
I always make my favorite types of soup, potato , beef stew, hearty chicken............
but I also like to find something new and different.
This soup is just that! It has fresh shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes in it and at first I was not so sure about trying it...........but it sounded wonderful.
I am so glad I did give it a try. It is creamy and tasty. The lettuce gives it a slightly crunchy texture and it is almost like having a BLT sandwich.
It is very hearty for a cold day!

 5 slices bacon, finely diced, plus crisp crumbles bacon for garnish
1/2 cup diced green onions
2 tbs. butter
3 cups finely sliced iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 cups chicken broth, heated to a simmer
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp red pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until lightly browned. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until wilted. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add sliced lettuce and saute for 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour into the pot then stir until well blended. Remove the pot from the heat and add the hot chicken broth, tomatoes, nutmeg and pepper. Heat the soup to boiling, stirring constantly, then reduce the heat and simmer gently fro 5 minutes. Add the cream and mix well.
Mix  together the mayonnaise and the sour cream. Serve each portion of soup with a  dollop of this mixture topped with crumbled bacon. Enjoy!