George's At The Cove Black Bean Soup

An original recipe created by chef scott meskan, george's at the cove. We enjoyed this when we visited this restaurant in la jolla, california. This recipe is requested so often, they have it printed and ready at the hostess stand. It's unbeatable at the restaurant, but i do a pretty good job at home, too, if i do say so myself!!


In 1 / 4 cup butter , saute carrots , onion , celery and broccoli stems for 5 minutes.
Add thyme , oregano and basil.
Saute 5 minutes more.
Add wine and deglaze pan.
Add hot chicken stock and reduce by one-third.
Add worcestershire sauce , tabasco , smoked chicken , beans and broccoli florets.
Simmer 5 minutes.
Add cream , simmer 5 minutes more and season to taste.
Drop in remaining butter , piece by piece , stirring until melted and serve immediately.
Smoked chicken: on a covered grill , slightly smoke boneless chicken , cooking to medium rare.
Chef meskan uses applewood chips and does not allow the grill to become too hot.


unsalted butter, carrot, onion, celery, broccoli stem, dried thyme, dried oregano, dried sweet basil leaves, dry white wine, chicken stock, worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, smoked chicken, black beans, broccoli floret, heavy cream, salt & fresh ground pepper, cornstarch