» Ingredients
– 3 tbsp butter
– 2 lbs cleaned and cut leeks
– 1 medium onion, chopped
– 1/2 tsp pepper
– 1/2 tsp cayenne
– 1/4 tsp basil
– 1/4 tsp thyme
– 1/4 tsp oregano
– 1 lb Shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced with stems removed
– 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes. sliced
– 6 oz dry Champagne
– 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
– 1 cup cream
– 2 oz Gouda cheese, shredded
– 1 tsp salt or to taste

In pre-heated pot, melt butter, cleaned leeks, diced onions and about 1/2 tsp. of salt and saute until clear and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add spices and stir; let cook for a minute or two. Add mushrooms and tomatoes and cook for about five minutes or until mushrooms have softened.

Deglaze pan with about 2 oz of Champagne and bring to a simmer. Add 2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add cream. Let reduce for about 10 min. Stir in remaining Champagne and cheese. Add remaining salt or to taste and serve.

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From chef Paul Schneider of Chefpaulcook.com.