If you're looking for something special to fix on a holiday, look no further. This velvety soup is accented with tarragon, and the toasted bread topped with melted Brie cheese is the crowning touch. —Marie Hattrup, Sparks, Nevada
Leek Soup with Brie Toasts Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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6 medium leeks (white portion only), thinly sliced
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons plus 6 teaspoons butter, softened, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
7-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
12 slices French bread or bread of your choice (1/2 inch thick)
1 round (8 ounces) Brie cheese, cut into 1/4-inch slices
In a Dutch oven, saute the leeks, mushrooms, tarragon and pepper in 2 tablespoons butter for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Place bread slices on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Spread 1 side of each slice with 1/2 teaspoon butter. Place Brie on buttered side of toasts.
Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Ladle soup into six 8-oz. bowls; place 2 toasts in each bowl.