Artichoke and Pinenut Soup
For this recipe you will need:
4 Fresh Artichokes (1/2 cup frozen hearts)
To prepare this recipe:
With each artichoke, about 1/4 of the way down, cut off the top of the artichoke. Trim off the outer tougher leaves until you get to the tender inside ones. Open up the center of the artichoke and remove the prickly core. Cut each artichoke into 6ths.
In a large saucepot, over medium-high heat, heat the oil and saute the artichokes, onion and celery until golden about 4-5 minutes.
Deglaze with brandy.
Add the chicken stock, potato, tarragon and cream. Continue cooking until potatoes and artichokes are tender and soup has thickened. About 30-40 minutes.
In a food processor or blender, puree the soup in batches and strain back into a saucepan.
Season with salt and white pepper and reheat until hot. Serve in soup bowls and top with roasted pine nuts.