Cauliflower-Brie Soup

 A rich tasting and sumptuous soup that will  help make a cook's reputation

1 large cauliflower (1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
3 cups coarsely chopped onion
4 cups chicken stock
3 T unconverted white rice
1 T lemon juice
1 cup low fat milk
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
3 T chopped chives
3 oz. Brie cheese
salt and white pepper to taste

Garnish:
Reserved cauliflower florets, 1 T olive oil, Parmesan cheese, chopped chives, paprika

Core cauliflower and cut into florets (approx. 6 cups) - reserve a few for garnish. In a large saucepan, heat butter and olive oil and sauté garlic and onion until softened.  Add cauliflower, chicken stock, and rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until cauliflower is very tender. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Puree mixture in a food processor or blender, then return mixture to saucepan.  Heat slowly, stir in milk, cayenne, nutmeg, and 2 T of the chives and cook, stirring constantly, until soup is  hot.  Cut off the outside of the Brie chess if it is crusty and hard.  Cut cheese into small chunks and add to soup, stirring until it slightly melted. Add salt and white pepper to taste.

To serve: While soup is heating, sauté reserved florets in 1 T of olive oil until slightly softened. Roll florets in Parmesan cheese and drop into soup.  Sprinkle with reserved chives and paprika before serving.
 

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