*  Exported from  MasterCook Mac  *
                        The Mansion’s Tortilla Soup
 Recipe By     : Dean Fearing/ Mansion on Turtle Creek/tpogue@idsonline.com
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Main Dishes                      Soups And Stews
                 Texas                            Southwestern
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    3      tablespoons   corn oil
    4                    corn tortillas -- coarsely chopped
    6      cloves        garlic -- finely chopped
    1      tablespoon    fresh epazote -- chopped
                         (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro)
    1      cup           fresh onion puree
    2      cups          fresh tomato puree
    1      tablespoon    cumin powder
    2      teaspoons     chili powder
    2      whole         bay leaves
    4      tablespoons   canned tomato puree
    2      quarts        chicken stock
                         salt -- to taste
                         cayenne pepper -- to taste
    1                    cooked chicken breast -- cut in strips
    1                    avocado -- peel, seed & cube
    1      cup           Cheddar cheese -- shredded
    3                    corn tortillas, cut in strips -- fried crisp
 Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
 Saute tortillas with garlic and epazote over medium heat until tortillas are
 soft.  Add onion and fresh tomato puree and bring to a boil.  Add cumin, chili
 powder, bay leaves, canned tomato puree, and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil
 again, then reduce heat to simmer.  Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste and
 cook, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes.  Skim fat from surface, if
 Strain and pour into warm soup bowls.  Garnish each bowl with an equal portion
 of chicken breast, avocado, shredded cheese, and crisp tortilla strips.  Serve
 Soup may be made one day ahead and gently reheated before serving with
 Chef’s Note:  This soup has been on the menu at the restaurant at The Mansion
 on Turtle Creek since it opened in 1985.  According to executive chef Dean
 Fearing, “When Tortilla Soup is ordered, it is brought to the table in a
 tureen for individual service by the waiter, who garnishes each bowl according
 to the customer’s desire.”
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 Per serving (excluding unknown items): 192 Calories; 13g Fat (66% calories
 from fat); 6g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 15mg Cholesterol; 2266mg Sodium
 NOTES : This hearty soup is served as a “Starter” at the Mansion.  It is
 equally suitable on warm spring days as well as cold winter nights.  It has
 been on The Mansion’s menu for over ten years.