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Help me fix my roasted cauliflower soup

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  • sds Dec 11, 2007 08:23 AM

The flavor is good, its just, well, bland. I roasted the cauliflower with some onion, then simmered with some potatoes, garlic and chicken broth. blended and added s/p.

Its good, but just, bland. What can I do to liven things up?

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  1. Try some Thai spices, like lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, and lime juice. And, perhaps, more salt.

    1. This is the recipe I use. I hope it is some help.

      Roasted Cauliflower Soup
      Serves: 6

      Ingredients:
      • 5 cups cauliflower florets (1 medium head)
      • 2 garlic cloves
      • 1 large onion, finely chopped
      • 2 tablespoons olive oil
      • 2 cans (14½ ounce) chicken broth
      • ½ cup water
      • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
      • 1 bay leaf
      • 2 cups heavy cream


      Method:

      1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
      2. Cut cauliflower into 1-inch flowerets (about 5 cups).
      3. In a large baking pan toss cauliflower, garlic, and onion with oil to coat and roast in middle of oven about 30 minutes, or until golden.
      4. In a 4-quart kettle simmer broth, water, roasted cauliflower mixture, and herbs 30 minutes, or until cauliflower is very tender.
      5. Discard bay leaf and in a blender puree soup in batches until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), transferring to a bowl.
      6. Return soup to kettle and stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste.
      7. Heat soup over moderate heat until just heated through.

      1. first add a little more salt & pepper-- maybe it just needs a bit more.
        chipotle will give it a nice smoky flavor that's fabulous with cauliflower if you'd like a little spice, or you could change directions & add garam masala/curry spices.

        didn't list oil or butter among your ingredients-- is there any in this soup?

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        1. re: soupkitten

          get rid of the cream...use more butter and then add olive oil with pressed lemon or lemon flavored olive oil...for the size you are making, you will need about two or three table spoons. i had it once at Hearth in NYC and will never use anything else to make soup. i don't even use stock/broth. all you need is water...

        2. I might add a touch of something acid- lemon juice, balsamic, etc. Another type of salty component might also help round out flavors (e.g. Parmesan cheese).

          1. If you like curry flavoring, then I recommend some curry powder. It's not too unusual, but pairs beautifully.

            Another idea for keeping it milder would be a dash of nutmeg and some parmesan or, better, gruyere.

            1. Toasted cumin seeds work beautifully in cauliflower soup.

              1. Lots of onion (caramelized first), some butter, good chicken broth, good salt, ground white pepper, and thyme. Drizzle with white truffle oil and/or chive oil before serving.

                1. our kitchen secret for a simple quick fix for bland soups is a quality boullion cube (or teaspoon of base)...for cauliflower I would use a knorr vegetable flavor (not tomato veg)

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                  1. re: chef4hire

                    chicken broth really should be avoided...kills the true taste of the vegetable...butter is the better option...and don't discount some nice lemon olive oil

                  2. I say add some cheese and a little more salt. Gruyere would be good...

                    1. roast some carrots and then puree. yum!