This very unusual soup tastes fantastic. Excellent for a dinner party to give your meal a spectacular start.
More of Linda's great
Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes.
Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Hazelnut Butter
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 60 min
Hazelnut Butter Balls (see recipe below)
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chopped
1 carrot, cut into pieces
1 stalk celery, cut into pieces
1 pound cauliflower, broken into florets
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
whipping cream or 1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Prepare Hazelnut Butter Balls, refrigerate until ready to serve.
In a large soup pot over medium heat,
melt butter; saute onion, carrot and celery briefly, add cauliflower, and vegetable or chicken stock. Simmer approximately 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
In a food processor or blender, puree the cooked vegetables with approximately 1/2 chicken broth until smooth. Pour the puree back into the remaining stock; add cream or milk.
In a large pan, heat soup over low to medium-low heat until warm.
Serve in heated individual soup bowls garnished with Hazelnut Butter Balls (drop a chilled butter ball into each bowl of soup just prior to serving).
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
HAZELNUT BUTTER BALLS
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon coarsely-chopped roasted hazelnuts*
* To toast hazelnuts, spread shelled nuts in a shallow
baking pan and roast in a preheated oven at 275 degrees F. for 20 to
30 minutes or until the skin cracks and the meat turns light golden. To remove
the skins, place hot nuts in the center of a rough kitchen terry towel. Pull the
towel up around the nuts and twist tightly. Let stand to steam for about five
minutes, th vigorously rub the warm nuts in the towel until most of the skins
are removed. Don't be concerned if some of the skins tenaciously cling to the
In a small bowl, blend butter and hazelnuts. Using your hands, shape into small balls and refrigerate until ready to use.