|Crab Fest - bibs included|
|Awarded "cutest couple" and "best dressed"|
|Soup Group - love no shoes and comfy socks!|
2 cans roasted chestnuts in water about 2 cups- not the sweet kind (and yes you could roast your own - but even I don't do that!)
1/2 onion chopped
2 shallots chopped
1 stalk celery including leaves chopped
couple tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped smoked ham
1 bay leaf
4 cups chicken stock (I had turkey - oh so good)
1/4 cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste
Drain chestnuts and set aside. In a large pot melt the butter and add the veggies and cook about 10 min until softened. Add the ham and continue to cook another 5 min. Add the broth and chestnuts and cook about 45 min until all is tender. Let cool slightly and put in a blender (or use one of those hand held blenders) and puree until smooth. Return to pot and add cream and salt and pepper to taste. Nutty, hammy goodness. Top with little croutons or for a special touch sauté a few wild mushrooms - talk about gilding the lily!
Post note: My favorite toast of the night. "Here's to drinking great wine in crystal glasses with greasy crab fingers!" Yes, we know how to get down and dirty!