Cauliflower soup recipe
- Cuisine: Greek
- Prep Time: 15 min(s)
- Cook Time: 35 min(s)
- Serves 4
Chef and author Maria Benardis, also founder of www.greekalicious.com.au, links the history of ancient Greece with modern Greek cooking. In this podcast, she speaks about her favourite way to enjoy cauliflower – in a creamy, fragrant soup. Maria says, "This is the way I enjoy cauliflower. Serve with some toasted crusty bread with melted Greek kasseri cheese."
Cauliflower traces its ancestry to the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in ancient Asia Minor. The exact origins are somewhat obscure. There is also a belief that the cauliflower originated in Cyprus, thus adopting its old French name of Chou de Chypre (Cyprus cabbage).
In Greece, cauliflower is not the most highly used vegetable, however, you will see it raw in salads, in soups, steamed with ladolemono or slow braised with tomato and spices.
Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and dietary fibre, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is, therefore, great for those winter colds, the heart and the digestive system.
Ingredients4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 white onion, finely chopped
1 large potato, chopped
1 cauliflower, cut in florets
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 litre of chicken stock
1 bay leaf
150ml double cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt
ground nutmeg, to garnish
finely chopped parsley, to garnish
Level of difficulty: easy
Add the stock and bay leaf bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until the cauliflower and potato are soft and tender.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Using a stick blender, blend all the ingredients until a smooth, thick soup results.
Stir through the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Divide the soup among bowls. Top each with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkling of nutmeg and parsley.
©2012 Maria Benardis
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