BLT Soup by Paula Deen
5 slices bacon, finely diced, plus crisp crumbles bacon for garnish
1/2 c diced green onions
2 T butter (That's all Paula?)
3 c finely shredded iceberg lettuce (We didn't use)
1/2 c instant flour (What's instant? I used good ol' a.p.)
3 1/2 c chicken broth, heated to a simmer
1 c diced fresh tomatoes
1/8 t grated fresh nutmeg (Sorry, I used my spices from my cabinet)
1/8 t ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 c heavy cream (Now we're talkin')
1/4 c mayonaisse
1/4 c sour cream
In a 3 qt pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until lightly browned. Add the onions and cook, stirring until wilted. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the lettuce and saute for 2 minutes.Sprinkle the flour into the pot, then stir it in until well blended. Remove the pot from the heat and add the hot chicken broth, tomatoes, nutmeg, and pepper. Heat the soup to boiling, stirring constantly, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add the cream and mix well.
Mix the mayonnaise and sour cream. Serve each portion of soup with a dollop of mayonnaise mixture topped with crumbled bacon.
In my opinion: Heck, Paula Deen came up with this, who cares what I say? Honestly? This was a good soup. It used very few dishes in preparation which is even better. We'll be having this again soon.