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Castilian Cream Of Artichoke Soup

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Castilian Cream Of Artichoke Soup makes for a great tasting appetizer. This soup is really easy to make and the ingredients are also conveniently available. I recently prepared this Castilian Cream Of Artichoke Soup for a family dinner and everyone just loved it. Do try this recipe at home.
Ingredients
  Globe artichokes 4 Large (Very Large)
  Globe artichokes 8 Medium
  Chicken stock 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Lemon juice 3 Tablespoon
  Butter 14 Cup (224 tbs)
  All purpose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Heavy cream 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Egg yolks 2
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground white pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1 In a pan, heat the stock.
2 Prepare the artichokes by stripping off all the leaves and removing the choke.
3 You will only need the bottoms for this recipe.
4 Into a bowl of cold-water mix two thirds of the lemon juice and drop each prepared artichoke in it to prevent discoloration.
5 When all the artichoke bottoms are ready, drain and pat dry.
6 On a chopping board, place the artichokes and slice downward into thin pieces.

MAKING
7 In a wide nonstick skillet, place these slices.
8 Add 1/2 cup of the stock and cover with a lid or foil.
9 Poach for 10 minutes.
10 In a large, heavy bottomed pan, melt the butter.
11 Stir in the flour and cook over low heat stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes.
12 Remove from the heat and gradually pour in the stock, beating constantly with a whisk or hand held electric beater.
13 Return to a gentle heat; add in the artichoke slices and their cooking juices.
14 Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
15 When the artichokes are tender, beat with a hand held electric beater.
16 Stir the milk into this puree and reheat to boiling point.
17 Season the soup with salt and pepper.
18 In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks and cream together.
19 Add a pinch of salt and a little freshly ground white pepper.
20 Gradually beat in 3 tbsp of the hot soup.
21 Remove the saucepan with the hot soup from the heat.
22 Gradually pour the slightly thinned egg and cream liaison into the soup in a thin stream, beating continuously.
23 Return the saucepan to a very low heat and stir constantly as the soup thickens slightly. Do not boil.
24 Remove from the heat and stir in some of the remaining lemon juice.

SERVING
25 Serve in individual soup bowls.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Spanish
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Artichoke
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
55 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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