Brewed Artichoke Bisque


A very different, very delicious deep flavored creamy soup. The combination of fresh artichokes, reduced ale and caramelized onions make this soup distinct. Just one spoonful of this Brewed Artichoke Bisque makes it oh so memorable.

3 large artichokes, cleaned, trimmed and quartered
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 sweet onion sliced
1/2 bottle of ale or beer (6 ounces) 
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons of honey
1/8 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1 1/2 cups half and half or heavy cream

                                                                                                                                        Serves 6

1. In a large pot steam the artichokes for 20 minutes and drain, to remove any bitterness.

2. Return artichokes to the pot and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce to a medium heat and cook for 20 minutes or until the artichokes are tender. Set aside to cool.

3. In  a sauté pan heat the butter, add the onions and cook over a medium heat until the onions are a golden brown. Add the beer and reduce by 3/4. Now add the honey and cook for 3 minutes longer or until the mixture is syrupy in texture. Set aside.

4.  Using a food processor, pulverize the artichokes in two batches with approximately 1/2 cup of the chicken stock. Once smooth, strain through a fine mesh sieve and return to the large pot of chicken stock.

5.  Puree the onions and add to the artichoke soup.

6.  Add the half and half or heavy cream in a slow steady stream, stirring constantly. Add the curry and cayenne pepper and continue to heat for 8 - 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

8.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

Suggestion: Serve with a heaping tablespoon of sour cream and a dash of nutmeg. Use your favorite ale or beer.
Top with minced parsley and serve with hot crusty soft bread sticks and more of your favorite beer or ale.

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