Thursday, September 7, 2023

Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup with Homemade French Bread Croutons

 I love when one of my old recipes inspires something new.  As I was preparing for #Souptember I was sharing my old Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe and thought to myself this would make a REALLY good soup.  I grabbed my notebook and began hashing out how I would deconstruct it and  ET VIOLÁ as the French would say Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup was born!

Y'all, I know that we food bloggers say this all the time, but this is seriously one of the best soups I have ever made.  It's rich and creamy, stick-to-your-ribs hearty, and the flavor...WOW!  The Herbs de Provence really comes through rounding everything out.  I know that this is going to be a go to in the cooler months FOR SURE!  Let me show you how I made it.  

Oh and one of the things I did to make it more "French" was use a French loaf from the deli counter from my local grocer.  I took half of it and tore it into bite-size pieces. I then let them dry out for a couple days, but it's not necessary.  When I was ready, I drizzled a little olive oil over them, seasoned them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and baked them on a baking sheet at 400 for around 5 minutes.  They were perfection!  


Q:  Can this be made vegan/vegetarian?
A:  Yes.  Replace the chicken with vegan chicken, the ham with vegan ham.  Use plant based milk and cheese.  

Q:  Is these keto?
A:  This recipe is not, but you could very eaily omit the potatoes and replace it with cauliflower it just omit it all together, 

Q:  Do I have to use Swiss Cheese?  
A:  No Gruyere Cheese is a great choice, but you would even use white cheddar or mozzarella. 

Q:  Can I use bacon instead of ham?
A:  I mean YES!  Bacon is always a good choice!  LOL 


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