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About BAM!
BAM!, which is mentioned in many of my main dish recipes, is Emeril Lagasse's Essence spice mixture.  You can buy it at most any grocery store in the spice area, or make it yourself with this recipe:


Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup


Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, divided in half
  • 1/4 cup flour, all purpose
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6-8 homemade bouillon cubes (from the book)
  • 1 cup chopped, steamed broccoli (good use of leftovers!)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • few dashes pepper
  • 1/2 tsp powdered garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • optional: 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • optional: 1/2 cup cut up sauteed chicken

Frozen homemade mirepoix bouillon, butter and flour

Make a roux with 1/4 cup (half stick) butter and flour: melt butter on medium heat. Add flour and whisk thoroughly. Cook and whisk 2 minutes.
chopped broccoli, melted homemade mirepoix bouillon, butter

Add in milk carefully, whisking constantly. Melt frozen bouillon in water and add to milk mixture. Continue stirring and cooking until bubbly. Reduce heat, add broccoli, salt, pepper, garlic and nutmeg.  Simmer 5-10 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Serve immediately.
Simmering soup

If desired, add chicken and/or sprinkle with cheese either after serving or prior to, depending on taste. If prior, add after removing soup from heat and blend well until cheese is melted.  This is awesome with the chicken and some curry spices mixed in.

* or use 2-3 commercial bouillon cubes (like chicken) and crush before adding to mixtures.

Serves 4-6 (depending on if it's a side or main dish).

Copyright (c) Lisa Murray 2012

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