Goode Company's Oyster Rockefeller Soup

Goode Company's Oyster Rockefeller Soup is a spin on a classic.
Photography By Francine Spiering | January 03, 2017

Preparation

Make a roux in a 6-quart heavy-bottomed stockpot or Dutch oven using the flour and bacon drippings. Cook gently for about 8 minutes over medium heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon. Add the onions, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Continue cooking, stirring often, for about 10 minutes.

Next, add the herbs and spices; cook for 3 minutes more, being careful not to brown the vegetables. Add the spinach and the Herbsaint. Cook the spinach down for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the cream and milk; simmer the soup base over low heat for about 1 hour to develop the flavor. Next, use a hand-held stick blender to purée the soup to a smooth consistency.

Add the oysters and their liquor to the soup base, and stir to combine. Bring to a quick simmer. Adjust the seasoning and add Tabasco to your liking. Serve with a little chopped bacon.

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup bacon drippings
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 cups chopped baby spinach
  • ½ cup Herbsaint Liquor or Pernod
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or more to taste
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped fresh shucked oysters with their liquor
  • Tabasco, to taste
  • Chopped bacon and oyster crackers/croutons, for garnish
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