Monday, February 28, 2011

Stampeding Herd of Cauliflower Soup

It has been super cold lately, and when I say cold I mean below 50, which is cold for Californians. What better way to spend a cool Saturday night than cooking with neighbors. The weather, further contributing to the soup kick I've been on, we made Cauliflower Soup with Stilton and Walnuts. We combined various recipes but this is the one that inspired the meal.
Also we dubbed it Stampeding Heard of Buffalo Soup because there were people coming up and down the outside stairs, and they sounded like they were either being chased by buffalo or maybe they were buffalo themselves.  I am going to call it by its hybrid name
Stampeding Herd Of Cauliflower Soup
  One medium head of Cauliflower cut into florets
1/4 cup of butter
One onion diced
About a quarter of a leek chopped
one diced turnip
Full Container of Vegetable Broth
2 Cups of Milk
3 Tablespoons of Walnuts plus more for garnish
Salt and Pepper
Smoked Paprika
3 oz crumbled Stilton

Melt the butter in a large pot, when it starts to foam add cauliflower, onion, leek, and turnip. Let the vegetables start to brown a little, and or until the onions start to become translucent. Add the broth and let come to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer until the cauliflower is soft. Add the milk and walnuts and cover. Stir periodically until the soup is thickened and the vegetables have fallen apart. 

Soup being Pureed
Remove from heat and in batches add to your blender or food processor and puree. Put pureed soup back into pot on low heat season with salt and pepper, a little paprika, and the crumbled Stilton. When the cheese has melted into the soup, it is ready to be devoured. Garnish with toasted walnuts and smoked paprika.
The Stampeded Soup

 The Cauliflower while looking picturesque with all of its foliage, was a little bit on the smallish side. We ended up using another half of cauliflower, to make up a medium sized head. 

Aside from that this was a great soup. While it was cooking, every few minutes, someone would respond how good it smelled, and it did. The Stilton could be tasted at the end of each spoonful. I also really enjoyed the walnuts as well, giving it a richer flavor. There was discussion of perhaps next time making Stilton Croutons and adding them instead of melting the cheese. It's a great meal to cause a stampede of your own.

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