I love stumbling upon lesser known culinary gems.
This right here is one of the great soups of New Orleans & once you've taken a bite, it rapidly rises to the status of one of the great soups of all time!
The original version was the gift of the late Chef Warren LeRuth which is now a staple on nearly every restaurant menu in the city! I gotta tell you, I love New Orleans.
Take this for example, I live in a city that has plenty of statues in honor of great men inwar, fallen heroes and political leaders. House of Cards people!
But in New Orleans, you'll come across statues of Warren LeRuth, a chef! And schools named after him too. How cool is that!
You know you've got to love a city that get's it right by building statues honoring a person for his great food. You can see why this would appeal to me...chuckle...
So anyway, let me just tell you, this is a recipe that would be wonderful at a dinner party. Vegetarians can just omit the oyster (gasp!) and you'd still have something incredible. The smokiness from the artichokes is enough to bring me to song and dance.
Yes, it has a bit of cream...hence I said, dinner party or special occasion. As much as I love a good ole' southern Oyster stew, after this, there's a new sheriff in town, folks!
So trust me and give it a go!
PS: Best made the earlier evening or in the morning & refrigerated in time for dinner.