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Mains, Soups

Table 8 corn soup

Table 8 corn soup
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

"Most restaurant soups are soothing and boring," says restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila, but, she says, you can always find an interesting soup at Govind Armstrong's Table 8, where she recently sampled this white corn soup that has "all the ... Read more

Total time: 2 hours, 40 minutes | Serves 10 to 12

Stock and soup

  • 11 ears corn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced, white part only
  • 1 small potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 1To make the stock, remove the kernels from the corn cobs. Reserve the corn for the soup. Place the cobs in a large stock pot and add 4 quarts water. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer 30 minutes. Remove the cobs and discard. Strain the stock, reserve.

Step 2In a large stockpot, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, celery and leek and cook over medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the corn (reserving 1 cup for garnish) and the potatoes and cook 5 minutes.

Step 3Increase the heat to high and deglaze the pan by adding the white wine. Reduce the wine by half. Add 10 cups corn stock (reserve the rest) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, loosely covered, for 1 hour.

Step 4Heat the heavy cream, bay leaf, thyme sprigs and peppercorns in a small saucepan. Bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Strain the cream, discarding the herbs.

Step 5Stir the cream into the soup and simmer 10 minutes. Remove the soup from heat and cool slightly. Puree in batches in a blender. Pour through a strainer into a clean pot.

Step 6Return the soup to the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add one-quarter cup reserved corn stock to thin to soup consistency.

Garnish and assembly

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup reserved corn kernels
  • 8 morels, cut into lengthwise quarters
  • 1/4 cup fresh peas

Step 1In a small saute pan, heat the oil over high heat. Add the corn and cook until the kernels are golden and slightly crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a bowl and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Step 2Add the morels to the hot pan and cook until golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove, set aside and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Step 3Blanch the peas in a small saucepan of salted water for 2 to 3 minutes until tender. Drain and reserve.

Step 4To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls and garnish each with a teaspoon of peas, 2 tablespoons of corn and 3 morel slices.


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