Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Big Bowl of Comfort

It has been snowing off and on for the last couple of months. And with the exception of a few days it has been very cold. So, it is natural for my thoughts to turn toward comfort and warmth.
A toasty blanket, a good book (or in my case, knitting project) and a hot bowl of soup. Mmmmm, what could be better? Fortunately, I have a great recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup that even my two year-old likes.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 Tbs olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced
salt and pepper
5 cups chicken broth (homemade is best if you have it)
2 cups water
2 jalapeño peppers, cut in half and seeds removed
1/2 - 1 cup tomato salsa (I like medium salsa for a little kick)
2 fully cooked chicken breasts, sliced into bite sized pieces
1 can of mexicorn
2 Tbs heavy cream (optional, but I like a creamier soup)
In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and salt and pepper, and reduce heat to medium-low and cook onions for about 20 minutes or until they are well caramelized and golden brown. In a soup pot, simmer jalapeños in the chicken broth until peppers are a dull green color, then remove peppers and discard. Add water to broth. In a food processor, combine onions and salsa and pulse until ingredients are at a fine consistency. Add to broth along with the chicken, mexicorn and heavy cream. Simmer for a few minutes to combine flavors and heat through.
The jalapeños add that spicy flavor but without too much heat and the mexicorn gives it great color and a pleasant sweetness. A perfect garnish for this soup is homemade tortilla strips, tortilla chips, or my favorite (and it may sound strange) ... Fritos! Anything is good with Fritos! Cilantro and a dab of sour cream would be delicious too.


Anna said...

Mmm...looks tasty!

BTW, how did you get that lovely hazy, soft look around the bowl? The light is great in this picture.

Kelly said...

To be honest I didn't like how the lighting looked in the original photo, so ... I faked it a little bit. I used Photoshop in this case and did a lighting filter in one layer and overlayed the two images. Then I used the burn tool and went around the edges to deepen the color.

I feel like such a cheater! But then, I am a professional graphic designer, not a professional photographer :)

Towanda said...

MMMMMMM... comfort food ... what could be better?