Spring

Potage Creme D'asperges

April  5, 2010
Author Notes

I have enjoyed making this soup to celebrate spring for more years than I care to remember. My dog-eared, stained recipe was banged out on the typewriter at my first job after college. I have made few changes over time, except to finally have easy access to shallots (a long time ago as well) and to learn to make my own chicken stock. —Lizthechef

  • Serves 6 for a starter, 4 for entree.
Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds asparagus
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter, divided use
  • 6 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • kosher salt and ground white pepper to taste
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Heat stock to boiling.Trim and peel asparagus. Discard stalk ends. Cut the stalks into 3/4 inch pieces and set aside. Drop tips into boiling stock for two minutes, then set aside. Pour stock into large bowl.
  2. Heat 6 T. butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the flour and stir for 2 minutes or so. Gradually whisk in the hot stock until smooth. Continue whisking until mixture has thickened.Cook for another 5 minutes on low heat while you go on to saute the stalk-shallot mixture.
  3. Heat remaining 2 T. of butter in a large skillet. Once the foam reduces, add stalk pieces and shallots. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes, then add to simmering soup base. Cook over medium-low heat, just until asparagus in tender.
  4. Puree soup in batches in a blender; return to Dutch oven. Combine the egg yolks with the cream in a small bowl and gradually add the pureed soup until the egg-cream mixture is warmed. Add the egg-cream mixture to the soup, bring to a low boil and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, also adding the reserved tips. Correct seasoning and serve.

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