Cauliflower soup - help please?
A friend of mine recently made a delicious cauliflower soup, and though I've been begging for the recipe I can't seem to get it from him. That said, I have a head of cauliflower sitting in my fridge and would love to make the soup tonight- any suggestions? The key characteristic that I loved about this soup was it's lightness- it had almost a foamy consistency. Any recipes / trickswould be very much appreciated- thanks!!
A soup like this is almost foolproof, and doesn't really require a recipe. Chop the cauliflower fairly finely, and simmer with onions and garlic in chicken or vegetable stock, plus a bit of white wine if you like, till the vegetables are fairly soft. Puree, then force through a strainer (that's a pretty important step). Adjust thickness with stock and/or dairy of your choice.
In my experience, there's no benefit from sweating the aromatics in butter or oil first with this method, which also works with just about any other fibrous, seedless vegetable you can imagine. And it's perfectly great with frozen vegetables, too. If you use anything cruciferous (like cauliflower), just make sure not to overcook it.
The recipe gastronomad links to below is similar, but adds mushrooms and cilantro. I'm sure that would be very good, but it wouldn't really scream cauliflower the way the above method does.
It might not be quite the same, but I'd make a thin vichyssoise as a base. Add the roasted cauliflower, puree, and presto you're done!!
Substituting yogurt for the cream will give it a little tang.
It's likely that he finished the soup with soda, tonic, or seltzer water to create the foam. Did the soup have a tang?
A very simple recipe that's all about the califlower - chop the cauliflower into florets and put them into a pan with a little water. Steam until nearly tender and either use an immersion blender or blender to puree. Add water or broth to reach the consistency desired, reduce slightly, and then add seltzer. Garnish with chives or parsley.
The recipe can be altered by (choose one or more):
- first roasting the cauliflower instead of steaming;
- adding sauteed onions, carrots, and celery;
- adding some milk or cream at the end;
- changing the herbs (eg thyme);
- adding cheese at the end or on top (eg cheddar b, blue).