50 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
Peasant Flour Soup with Florida Frog Legs and Scallions
Yield: 8 Servings
In a skillet, make a roux with the butter and the flour. Cook in the oven at 375ºF until golden brown. (Make sure to not burn as it will get bitter. By cooking the roux in the oven, you enhance the nutty flavor and lose most of the gluten effect by burning it out. If this part is not done correctly, your soup is going to be too thick.)
Clean the button mushrooms; slice and sauté them in a pan until nice and golden. Add the onions and sweat for a couple of minutes. Strain it, and transfer to a skillet. Next, add the chicken stock, the water; and a pinch of salt; bring to a boil. While boiling, add the cold roux. (One of the two elements has to be cold. If not, you are going to have lumps. Hot liquid and cold roux is the fastest and easiest way to accomplish this.) Stir it with a whisk for a couple of minutes until the roux is melted. Cut the smoked ham into small pieces, and add to the soup. Cook very slowly for about 45 minutes, partially covered, and make sure to stir once in a while. Pass the soup through a chinois, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Heat a roasting pan with the olive oil; when hot, add the frog legs and cook them to give a little color. When they are almost cooked, add the butter and the scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 30 - 45 seconds more, and pour the frog legs onto a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Add the chopped chives and the onion sprouts. Mix the ingredients together, and using a ring to guide the portion size, mold the frog legs into the center of the soup bowls.
Heat the soup and blend with a hand blender just before serving. Season to taste, and serve in a soup tureen or a soup pitcher on the side.