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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cauliflower Stilton Cheese Soup

 I had half a cauliflower, some cabbage and a potato left from my Boston Organics box, so I decided to try out this variation on cauliflower-cheese soup using the Huntsman cheese I got at Russo's Market in Watertown.  It's delicious: very rich and creamy, the tang of the cheese nicely balancing the sweetness of the vegetables.  Easy to prepare, too!

 Cauliflower Stilton Cheese Soup

Anne Milton
October, 2010

1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
3 cloves garlic, slivered
1 small unpeeled potato, scrubbed and cut in chunks
1 cup chicken stock (or use vegetable broth)
1 Tablespoon butter
1 large onion, diced
1 cup shredded cabbage (optional)
1-2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly-ground is best)
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
4 oz shredded Huntsman—Stilton and Double Gloucester—cheese (or use half Stilton and half cheddar)
Salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)

  1. Combine cauliflower, garlic, potato and stock in soup pot and simmer 10 minutes, or until vegetables are fork-tender but still have a little texture.  (This step can be done in a microwave if desired.)  Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Melt butter in skillet, add onion, and sauté over low heat 5 minutes, or until onion is limp.  Add cabbage, if using, and cook 2-3 minutes longer, or until onion is golden and cabbage has softened.
  3. Combine cauliflower and onion mixtures, 1 cup milk, the dry mustard, nutmeg and cayenne, and purée in processor or with an immersion blender, making sure all ingredients are thoroughly pulverized.  (You may have to do this in a couple of batches if using food processor.)  Blend in more milk until soup is the consistency of heavy whipping cream.
  4. Warm soup gently over low heat, stirring often, until it is hot through but not boiling.   Stir in most of the cheese, a handful at a time, until it is thoroughly melted and blended into the soup.  (Reserve about a Tablespoon of cheese for garnish.)  Add salt and pepper to taste and thin with more milk if desired.
  5. Serve hot, topped with crumbled bacon (if desired) and a sprinkling of the remaining cheese.

 Serves 4-6

You can vary the amount and proportions of vegetables according to your taste and what you have on hand.  The soup can be made vegetarian by leaving out the chicken stock and bacon, and it’s naturally gluten-free.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great way to use half a cauliflower.
    A recipe with garlic, cheese, onion, and cauliflower
    just must be tried. Especially since it's easy to prepare. Afterall,
    Cauliflower and Cheese were made for each other.


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