cheddar soup with green chilies
the feast of santa fe - huntley dent 
2 Tbsp  butter
1/4 cup  chopped onion
2 Tbsp  flour
2   canned tomatoes, peeled
3   whole canned green chiles, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 cup  chicken broth
1-1/2 cup  heavy cream
6 oz.  sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  salt, if needed
melt the butter in a heavy 2-quart saucepan, add the onions, cover the pan 
and sweat the onions over low heat for 5 minutes. uncover the pan and add 
the flour, stirring for 2 minutes to cook away its raw flavor (but do not 
allow the mixture to brown). puree the tomatoes and green chilies roughly 
in a food processor, stopping while there is still some texture remaining. 
stir into the onions for a minute, then pour the chicken broth over and 
bring to a boil. stir a few times to ensure that the flour is not sticking 
to the bottom of the pan, then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes with 
the pan partly covered. the soup can be set aside at this point to be 
completed later. when ready to serve, bring the soup back to a boil, lower 
the heat to medium, and add the cream and shredded cheese. stir once or 
twice until the cheese has melted and the soup is heated through, but do 
not ever let it boil for fear it will curdle. taste for salt and add it 
sparingly, as needed. serve alone as a first course, or accompanied by 
warm tortillas if the remainder of the meal is not too filling. serves 2. 
variations: made as above, this soup is smooth but has bits of chili, 
onion and tomato floating in it, like chile con queso. for a more formal 
presentation, puree the solid ingredients in a processor just after the 
soup has gone through its initial simmering. for a meatier meal in itself, 
add diced, boiled potato and precooked chorizo sausage with the cream and 
cheese, beginning with about 3/4 cup of potato and 1/2 cup of meat. for an 
even heartier winter pottage, add 1 cup of cooked pinto beans along with 
the potato and sausage. add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne with the flour if you 
want the soup hot. 
william barfieldsr 
(ID: 78137) Mirror: Wed, Oct 15, 2003

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