OYSTER ROCKEFELLER SOUP:
In a large heavy stockpot, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until brown, about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, then the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the oysters, the oyster liquor and cream and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat.
Using an immersion blender, or in batches in a blender, puree the ingredients, adding the spinach as in batches as you puree. Season with the salt and white pepper, and stir in the Herbsaint.
Serve immediately with Crispy Gruyere Croutons.
Yield: about 8 cups (8 servings)
CRISPY GRUYERE CROUTONS:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Place the sliced bread in one layer on a large baking sheet and bake until just lightly brown on both sides, turning once, about 3 - 4 minutes per side.
Remove the bread from the oven and rub the garlic over one side of each slice. Top each slice with cheese and roast until the cheese is bubbly, about 4 minutes. Serve two croutons with each serving of Oyster Rockefeller Soup.
Yield: 8 servings