Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cauliflower Soup for a Cold Day

It is a perfect soup for a day like today.

This is what it looked like this morning when I looked outside. I've posted this soup before, but for those of you who missed it, this one is for you!

Teddy waiting to go outside this morning.

But mama, I am still so tired!

I think I will just sit here a while longer.

Needed ingredients.

I got out my Pyrex bowls to hold all of the prepared ingredients. I love these bowls. They remind me of fall.

Cut the cauliflower into small pieces.

Dice the carrots.

Dice the onions.

Dice the celery.

Melt a stick of butter in a large pot.

Add the onions and saute' for a few minutes.

Add the carrots and celery.

Stir them to combine and saute' a few minutes.

Then add the cauliflower. Stir it together with the other veggies.

Cover the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.

Pour 4 cups of whole milk in a bowl. Stir in 3/4 cups of flour.

Melt another stick of butter in a separate pan.

Add the milk and flour mixture and whisk over medium heat until it begins to thicken.

While the milk mixture is thickening, add 8 cups of chicken stock to the cauliflower.

I used veal demi glace because I was out of chicken. Use chicken demi glace if you have it. You can also use chicken bouillon but adjust the salt.

Stir the demi glace into the soup.

Add 4 bay leaves.

The flour and milk mixture should be slightly thickened. Pour in 1 cup of half and half.

Add this mixture to the cauliflower.

Add 2 teaspoons of salt.

Add 2 tablespoons of cracked black pepper.

Cover and simmer 30 minutes.

Stir in a handful of chopped parsley just before serving.

Place a heaping tablespoon of sour cream in the bottom of a large soup bowl.

Ladle soup over the sour cream and stir to blend.

This is the best cauliflower soup I have ever eaten.