Gruyère Cheese and Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Brioche Croutons

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Servings: 6 to 8


Ingredients:

For Croutons:
4 thick slices brioche, cut in 1" cubes
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 pinch cayenne
1 pinch kosher salt

For Soup:
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, large dice
1 quart chicken stock
1 quart heavy cream
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 cups Wisconsin Gruyère cheese (Emmi-Roth Surchoix), grated
1 sprig fresh sage, for garnish

Cooking Directions:

Croutons:

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl combine brioche cubes with melted butter, syrup, cayenne and salt. Toss brioche cubes generally to cover with the mixture. Place croutons on a sheet pan and bake for about 10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove croutons from oven and set aside to prepare soup.

Soup:

Combine sweet potatoes, chicken stock and heavy cream in a large pot; bring to a boil and cook until sweet potatoes are soft. Place sweet potatoes and liquid into a blender and puree until smooth.

Return liquid to a medium size pot and add cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; simmer. Using a whisk, slowly stir in the Gruyère. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

Final Preparation:

Divide croutons evenly among bowls and place in bottom of bowls. Ladle soup over the top; garnish with fresh sage.

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wonderful and rich amazing flavor
Reviewed on 12/10/2009 by bonnebouche