Monday, January 14, 2013

Cauliflower and Stilton Soup

As promised  on the previous post is the recipe... perfect when you have a small or half a large head of cauliflower waiting to be used up ...and a few ounces of Stilton hanging about after Xmas.


1 medium sized Leek ...finely chopped ....I do not use the darker green part
(Shallot or onion can be used instead)
1oz butter
A small head of fresh cauliflower ....cut into small pieces
Up to a litre of stock ....I used only 2 stock cubes ....(1veg and 1chicken.)
3oz Stilton
150ml milk.
Black pepper and salt to taste

Soften the leek in the butter with the black pepper and a pinch of salt not brown.
Add the cauliflower and 3/4 of the stock.
Simmer gently, until the cauliflower is soft and then remove from the heat.
Stand for a minute.
Add the milk and then crumble in the cheese ...use a little more Stilton if you want to.
Either decant the mixture into a liquidizer to puree it all, or use a stick blender in the saucepan.
When it is a smooth creamy consistency add the extra stock if consistency is a little thick for you and check for seasoning, as you might need a little more salt.
Return to the heat and gently bring the soup back to just below boiling.
Enjoy with crusty fresh bread or a toasted bagel
If using it for a starter, garnish with tiny croutons and some crumbled Stilton.

Easy Croutons
Butter both sides of a couple of slices of bread and with a sharp knife, cut off the crusts.
Then cut each slice into tiny cubes and scatter onto a baking sheet.
Pop into a hot oven but watch them soon as they are light golden in colour, shake them and return for a short while... until they are a true golden colour.
Remove from the oven ...toss onto kitchen towel ...and allow to cool.

Take Care xx


Carmen said...

On nom nom, will definitely try this. Thanks Angie :-)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Angie, what a coincidence, we had cauliflower cheese for supper this evening! The EM was lucky enough to pick up a real beauty of a cauli today from a chap who rents the pavement outside one of the pound shops. Your recipe sounds really tasty so I'll ask him to see if there are any left tomorrow and give your recipe a whirl. I read the previous post and the story of your laptop - hope it's repairable. And as for your crafting mojo ... maybe you need to try something completely different, or perhaps do what I did and treat yourself to an online scrapping course to get your creative juices flowing again. In the meantime, just go with the flow. Elizabeth xx