Do You Like Brie?!

Here is a recipe for a positively delicioius cheese soup that I ran across a couple of years ago.  And, with the rapid approach of winter, one can never have too many soup recipes on hand.  Enjoy!

Creamy Brie Soup

1½ cups Chardonnay or dry white wine
½ cup white wine vinegar
4 cups (1 quart) whipping cream or heavy cream
1 round Brie cheese (12-ounce), rind removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh basil
Salt and ground white pepper
Snipped fresh basil and/or fresh thyme (optional)
Sliced baguette-style French bread, toasted

In a heavy medium saucepan, bring wine and vinegar to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup (should take about 15 minutes).  Stir in cream, Brie, garlic, sprig of thyme and basil.  Cook and stir 8 minutes, or until Brie melts.

Set a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl.  Carefully pour soup through the strainer.  Season soup to taste with salt and white pepper.  Serve in bowls topped with additional snipped basil and/or thyme.  Serve with bread slices.

Very yummy indeed!

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