Vegetarian Creole Corn Bisque
1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1-1/4 cup carrots, chopped
1-1/2 cups celery, chopped
1/2 cups dry sherry
3 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 bay leaf
2 quarts vegetable stock
1 cup heavy cream (I used 1 cup evaporated milk with excellent results)
1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped (I used 1 teaspoon dried tarragon)
scallions and red bell pepper for garnish
Heat oil in stockpot and saute onioin, carrot and celery until soft. Add sherry and reduce by 1/2. Add corn, bay leaf and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Puree soup in a blender or food processor and return to clean stockpot. Add cream, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Add tarragon and serve.
**Add more corn prior to serving to give soup a slightly "chunky" texture.