2 Corn Tortillas -- * see note
12 Oz Tub Bueno Green Chiles -- Mild, Hot, or X-Hot
1/2 Stick Margarine
2 Cups Chopped Onion
1 Garlic Clove -- peeled and minced
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano -- crumbled
2 Bay Leaves
3 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth -- homemade or canned
2 Medium Baking Potatoes -- peeled and chunked
1/3 Teaspoon Cumin
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1/3 Cup Whipping Cream
2 Cups Monterey Jack Cheese -- grated **
* Preferably 1 of yellow cornmeal and 1 of blue. ** or mozzarella cheese or a combination of both
Cut the tortillas into 1/4 inch wide strips and leasve them uncovered at room temperature until they are dry and crips, about 24 hours (or heat in iron skillet until dry and hot).
In a 4 quart saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the onions, garlic, oregano, and bay leaves and cook, covered, stirring once or twice, for 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, potatoes, salt, cumin & black pepper and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring once or twice, until the potatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes.
Stir in the cream and adjust the seasoning if necessary. The soup can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Cool it completely and refrigerate, covered. Rewarm it over low heat, stirring often, until steaming.
Ladle the soup into wide bowls, sprinkle the cheese over the soup, and scatter the tortilla strips over the cheese. Serve immediately.
Serves 4 to 6.
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