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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stilton Cauliflower Soup

Adapted from Gourmet, January 2003 Stilton Cauliflower Soup

An immersion blender is great for this sort of pureed soup to minimize the number of dirty pots.


Ingredients:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
  • 3 TBS unsalted butter
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
Cook onion, celery, and cauliflower in butter in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onion and celery are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth and 1 cup milk and simmer, covered, until cauliflower is very tender, about 25 minutes.

Purée cauliflower mixture with immersion blender and return to a simmer. (Alternatively, transfer to a blender or food processor in two batches.)  Add cheese, cream, pepper, and salt and cook over low heat, whisking, until cheese is melted and soup is smooth, about 1 minute.

Lower fat milk and cream can be used as desired.

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