Crunchy and creamy pistachio soup.
Rub off as much of the pistachio skins as possible; set nuts aside.
In a 4- to 5-quart pan over medium heat, cook the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter until onion is very limp but not brown, about 10 minutes; stir often.
Add sherry, 3/4 cup of the pistachios, broth, rice, parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender to bite, about 25 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
In a blender or food processor, whirl soup, a portion at a time, until very smooth; pour through a wire strainer and discard residue. Return soup to pan.
Add cream to soup and stir over medium-low heat until hot, 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish servings with whole chives and sprinkle with the remaining pistachios. Make 6-1/2 cups, enough for 6 first-course or 4 luncheon servings.
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|Date:||Nov 1, 1984|
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