BROCCOLI & CRAB BISQUE


Your guests won't leave without asking for this recipe, and so simple to prepare. Makes 6 servings.


1 cup Sliced leeks 250 mL
1 cup Sliced fresh mushrooms 250 mL
1 cup Fresh broccoli chopped 250 mL
1 Clove garlic, minced 1
1/4 cup butter 50 mL
1/4 cup Flour 50 mL
1/4 tsp Dried thyme, crushed 1 ml
1/8 tsp Pepper .5 mL
1 Small bay leaf 1
3 cups Chicken broth 750 mL
1 cup Light cream 250 mL
3/4 cup Swiss cheese (3 oz) [85 g} 175 mL
1 6-oz package Frozen crabmeat, thawed and drained 1 170-g package


In a 3-quart [4 liter] saucepan cook leeks, mushrooms, broccoli and garlic in butter till crisp-tender. Stir in flour, thyme, pepper, bay leaf, and 1/8 tsp [.5 ml] salt. Add chicken broth and cream all at once. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Add cheese. Stir till cheese is melted. Add crabmeat; heat through. NOTE: don't forget to remove the bay leaf.

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