Silky Corn Soup with Truffle Oil and King Crab Meat


To prepare the soup:




In a sauté pan, cook the oil over medium heat until it is hot, about 1 minute. Add the shallots and cook, stirring well, for 3 minutes. Add the corn kernels and continue to cook for 3 more minutes, stirring well. Increase the heat to high, add the sherry, and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring well. Add the stock and bring the soup to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to simmer, and cook for 30 minutes. Let the soup cool, then place in a food processor and process for 2 minutes. Strain the soup into a clean saucepan, add the cream and sugar, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.




While the soup is cooking, prepare the crab mixture.








To prepare the crab mixture:




In a sauté pan, cook the butter over medium-high heat for 1 minute until it is hot. Add the red bell pepper and chives; cook, stirring well, for 1 more minute. Add the crabmeat, increase the heat to high, and cook for 1 more minute. Add the brandy (being careful, as it might flame) and stir well. Cook for 1 more minute, then turn off the heat. Cover and keep warm.








To serve:




Pour the soup into 4 bowls and drizzle with the truffle oil. Top each bowl of soup with a quarter of the crab mixture, and serve.








Chef’s Tip:




For a smoother soup, strain it a second time before serving it.


For the soup:




4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil




3 small shallots, finely chopped




1 pound whole-kernel corn




¼ cup sherry




4 cups chicken stock




¼ cup cream




1 tablespoon C&H® or Domino® sugar




Salt and pepper to taste








For the crab mixture:




3 tablespoons butter




2 tablespoons red bell pepper, finely diced




1 tablespoon chopped chives




½ pound king crab meat, cut into ¼-inch pieces, or lump crabmeat




2 tablespoons brandy




1 tablespoon Susan Rice™ Black Winter Truffle Olive Oil