Saturday, February 13, 2010

Broccoflower soup

This is a little recipe that I concocted in the hopes of giving the munchkin something delicious that would be nutritious as well. I called it broccoflower because the main ingredients are, yes you guessed it, broccoli and cauliflower. So here it goes:

Broccoflower soup (6-8 servings)

1 medium head of broccoli
1/2 medium cauliflower
1/2 stick of butter
3 large cloves of garlic - Crushed (in garlic press if available if not finely chopped)
1 medium carrot - grated
1/2 medium yellow onion - finely chopped
2 celery stalks - finely chopped
1/2 cup all purpose flour
7 cups chicken/vegetable broth
2 cups of heavy cream

Steam the broccoli and the cauliflower for 5 minutes in a large pot half filled with boiling water (it is important that the water be boiling before the vegetables are introduced). Drain water and set the steamed vegetables aside.

Using the same (now drained) large pot, melt 1/2 stick of butter in medium high heat. Add the garlic, carrot, onion and celery and saute, stirring frequently until the onions start getting clear. Slowly add flour 1 TBSP at a time alternating adding the flour with adding the broth on ladle full at a time until all the flour has been integrated (the goal is to add the flour and integrating it without making a clump of vegetables and flour. The broth will help in diluting the flour and creating a nice roux). Add the rest of the broth and allow to simmer.

Add the broccoli and cauliflower and using a hand held blender puree the vegetables until the consistency of the contents of the pot is smooth. (PLEASE, and I cannot stress this enough, make sure that if you are using a hand held blender, the head of it must be completely submerged, otherwise you will be splattered with very hot liquid and that will not be pleasant. Also please make sure that all little people are far, far away from you at this point ) ***If you do not have a hand held blender, use a conventional blender but let the contents of the pot cool down before blending them (trust me, it is much better this way, and less dangerous for you and your loved ones).

Once the contents of the pot have been blended to a smooth texture, add the 2 cups of heavy cream and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly, serve and enjoy.

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