Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

All of the onions from this weeks farm share made me wonder what I could make with a ton of onions.  I myself (or my husband for that matter) are members of the onion appreciation committee.   BUT my mother-in-law is an onion fanatic.  Fanatic in a sense that she will sneak onions from the cutting board and steal cooking onions from the pot on the stove.  So, I figured what else can I do with 3 pounds of onion?  French onion soup!  This version uses vegetable broth instead of the traditional beef stock – making it suitable for the veggie crowd.  If you’re looking to make a vegan version, swap the butter with olive oil and use a vegan cheese.

This dish, as simple as it is does take some time to prepare but is well worth the wait!  Enjoy!

 

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES:  Soup crocks!
If you do not have soup crocks on hand, you CAN use a casorole dish and layer your bread and cheese on top of it.

Vegetarian French Onion Soup
Servings Prep Time
6-8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Vegetarian French Onion Soup
Servings Prep Time
6-8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Croutons
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a stock pot of dutch oven over medium-low heat, add butter and sliced yellow onions. Stir until they are well coated with the melted butter.
  2. Cover and allow to cook for about 25 minutes until they are soft and translucent.
  3. Remove lid and increase heat to medium-high to begin caramelizing. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and stir frequently until the onions become golden brown. If they look like they are cooking too rapidly, reduce your heat! Be careful not to burn.
  4. Once your onions have caramelized, Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup of white wine. Stir stir stir until you scrap up all of the fond from the pot.
  5. Once the wine has cooked off, deglaze again with the cognac stirring and scraping the pan.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and add your flour, stirring frequently to form a thick paste for about 2-3 minut. If this doesn't happen, add another tablespoon of butter.
  7. Add the vegetable stock, thyme and bay leaves to the pot and stir well. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. While your soup is simmers, now is a great time to make your "croutes" - aka toasted bread. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle each side of the bread slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Cook the bread for 15 minutes on each side until they are toasty and hard. Remove from oven and set aside.
  9. Increase oven temperature to 350.
  10. Back to the soup... Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs and discard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Pour your soup into several soup crocks and add a few thinly sliced raw shallots on top.
  12. Layer a couple pieces of croutes on top. Then add a thick layer of shredded Swiss cheese on top, making sure you cover the bread well to prevent it from burning.
  13. Place soup crocks on a baking dish (trust me, the cheese will melt and make a huge mess if you don't do this). Place in the oven for 30 minutes until cheese has browned. Depending on your oven, you may have to turn it to broil for a couple minutes to achieve the browned cheesy goodness.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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Parsnip and Rutabaga gratin

Parsnip and Rutabaga Gratin

A great alternative to potato gratin (and all of the carbs that goes along with it).  I usually make my gratin with potatoes but having a diabetic father-in-law requires a little tweeking of some of my recipes.  This recipe is a great lower carb alternative and is still quite decadent!  I topped it off with a little bit of the Black Sheep Creamery cheese that was included in the most recent farm share but can be swapped out with an aged manchego or romano cheese.  The caramelizing of the leeks and shallots add a wonderful depth of flavor to the dish.  Enjoy!

Parsnip and Rutabaga Gratin
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Parsnip and Rutabaga Gratin
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium sized baking dish, layer thinly sliced rutabagas and parsnips (about 1/8 inch). Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat. Add leeks and shallots and cook; stirring frequently until golden brown for about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in flour and flour and cook until smooth, whisking out any lumps for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add heavy cream and fresh thyme. Stir for about 3-4 minutes until milk is heated. Add shredded smoked fontina cheese and stir until well incorporated and creamy.
  6. Pour half of the cheese mixture over the sliced rutabagas and parsnips. Agitate the baking dish to allow the sauce to coat well; continue pouring the sauce until it barley covers the slices.
  7. Top with grated manchego cheese and bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until tender.
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Winter 2016 CSA - Week 2

Winter 2016 – Week 2

What’s in the Box:

*Swiss Chard, *Kale-Purple, *Carrots , *Rutabaga, *Baking potatoes,
*Leeks, *Garlic, *Thyme, Yellow Onions (WA O), Parsnips (OR O),
Shallots (WA O), Fuji Apples (WA O), D’Anjou Pears (WA O),
Black Sheep Creamery Cheese (Adna, WA)
*grown on our farm

PLEASE TAKE ONE PACKAGE OF CHEESE.
Cheese is packed separately from your veggies to keep it cold.

Greetings from the Boistfort Valley!  The sunny weather has made me grateful and itchy to get outside and work, but the temperature fluctuations remind me of our reality.  Still, it’s nice to go out and trim back the perennials that escaped our attention during the busy seasons, soaking up a little sunshine as a side bonus.

I’ve marked all items from our farm with an asterisk (*).  The other produce is certified organic, Washington or Oregon grown.

Our cheese selection is from Black Sheep Creamery, located about 10 miles from us in Adna, Washington. Brad and Meg Gregory have owned the farm since 1992, and began making cheese over 10 years ago.  They just opened a retail store in downtown Chehalis, so if you’re in the area, stop in to say hello and to try a variety of their products.

“Bastille” cheese is aged two months and tastes young and creamy.  It is a washed curd, Sheep Cow Blend which is quite delicious.  Read more about Black Sheep Creamery, and see the sheep (and lambs!) at their website: http://blacksheepcreamery.com/

As always, if you have any questions about time or location of your delivery, please log into your account at our website or contact us at the farm.

Yours,
Heidi

 

 

 

Roasted Parsnips Recipe

Adapted from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roasted_parsnips/

1 1/2 pounds of parsnips, scrubbed, quartered lengthwise, cut into sticks (think French fry size)

1 generous Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/3 cup of low sodium vegetable broth
3 Tablespoons butter, softened

4 teaspoons drained, bottled horseradish (how to make homemade horseradish)

2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley or thyme (stems removed)

1 garlic clove, minced.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a large roasting pan, toss the parsnips with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Add the broth, cover and roast, stirring once or twice, until the parsnips are just tender and the stock has evaporated or been absorbed, 20-30 minutes. Remove cover and allow liquid to evaporate and parsnips to brown slightly in places.  Depending on your oven, you may have to broil them briefly to avoid overcooking.

Combine the softened butter with the horseradish, parsley, chives and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Toss the warm roasted parsnips with the horseradish-herb butter and serve.

Leek and Root Vegetable Gratin
Adapted from http://www.recipe.com/leek-and-root-vegetable-gratin/

8 ounces Gruyere or Muenster cheese, shredded (2 cups)

1 Tablespoon finely chopped thyme and/or parsley

1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 large rutabaga (about 1 lb.), peeled and thinly sliced

1 pound baking potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced

2-3 leeks (2 cups), cleaned and thinly sliced

1 pound large parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced (you received 1 1/2 lbs)

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

Assorted fresh herbs for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In small bowl toss together cheese and chopped herbs; set aside. Coat a 3 qt. rectangular baking dish with olive oil. Layer half the turnip slices on the bottom of the dish, sprinkling salt, pepper, and 3 to 4 tablespoons the cheese mixture.  Follow with half the potato slices, half the leek slices, half the parsnip slices, and half the sweet potato slices, seasoning and adding cheese to each layer. Repeat, ending with sweet potato slices. Reserve remaining cheese mixture.

Cover with foil. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Remove foil. Sprinkle remaining cheese mixture over top. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Continue baking, uncovered, 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Remove from oven. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Pears with Bastille, Leeks and Fresh Thyme

Don’t layer your pears too much-you want them to get a little crispy around the edges.  If you don’t have the time to put this into the oven, just slice up the cheese and the pears and eat them together.

1 small leek, cleaned, stem sliced into thin coins

1 Tablespoon butter

1 medium D’Anjou pear

6-8 thin slices Black Sheep Creamery Bastille Cheese

A handful of sprigs of thyme

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sauté the leek gently in butter, until soft and slightly browned in places, about 5 minutes. Slice the pear into thin slices (about 8 slices, keeping the odd bits to eat as you go).  Grease a glass baking dish with a bit of butter, and lay the pear slices in a single layer.  Top each pear with 1 slice of cheese and lay thyme across crosswise.  Bake, uncovered at 350 for 25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and pears are soft and a little crispy at the edges.  You may finish these with a quick broil to brown a bit.  (Note: thyme stems aren’t to be eaten)

Chimichurri Chicken

Pan Seared Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a wonderful green garlicky and zesty sauce originating from Argentina.  The origins of the name and the sauce is unclear but there is a theory that the name of the sauce comes from the Basque term tximitxurri, loosely translated as “a mixture of several things in no particular order”.  The sauce is best served with grilled meat.  In light of the recent wet Washington weather, I was forced to whip this dish up indoors.  It’s still quite delicious either way but if you have the option to grill, go for it.  The sauce works as a marinade, topping and dipping sauce! Enjoy!

Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Ingredients
The Sauce
The Chicken
Servings:
Instructions
The Sauce
  1. Place all sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until chopped. Set aside.
The Chicken
  1. Using a sharp chef's or filet knife, slice each chicken breast horizontally into two even pieces.
  2. Place your chicken in a large sealable dish (for marinating). Evenly coat the chicken in salt and paprika. Add the lemon juice and vinegar (this will help tenderize the meat) and cover in 1/2 cup of your chimichurri sauce. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from dish and discard remaining marinade. Allow the chicken to reach room temperature before cooking.
  4. Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; coat pan evenly. Add chicken to pan; Cook for 5-6 minutes. Turn chicken over; reduce heat to medium and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until done. The chicken should be golden brown and the juices should run clear.
  5. Remove from pan and top with chimichurri sauce. Enjoy!
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Baked Potato and Leek Soup

Baked Potato and Leek Soup

Baked Potato and Leek Soup
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Baked Potato and Leek Soup
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wrap potatoes in foil and bake in the oven for 45-60 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Cut the bacon into thin strips and cook on medium heat in a large skillet until crisp. Remove and drain fat from bacon. Set aside.
  4. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat butter and chopped leaks over medium heat for about 5 minutes until leeks have softened.
  5. Add the flour to the leeks and butter. Stir well to combine. Cook until the butter, leeks and flour are well incorporated for about 1 minute.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth, milk and beer - whisking well. Cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened, stirring frequently for about 15 minutes. Add chopped chives, basil, oregano and thyme.
  7. Scoop out the baked potato from the skins and add to the pot. You can mash with a potato masher to achieve the desired chunkiness.
  8. Add half of your cooked bacon to the pot (reserve some bacon for garnish) and stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream and cheddar cheese until melted.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (if your soup is too thick, add additional milk)
  10. Serve immediately and top with bacon, chives and a dollop of sour cream.
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Winter 2016 CSA - week 1

Winter 2016 – Week 1

What’s in the Box:

*Savoy Cabbage, *Kale-Curly , *Parsley-Curly , *Carnival squash,
*Baking potatoes, *Austrian Crescent potatoes, *Golden Beets,
*Leeks, *Carrots-Purple & Orange, Braeburn Apples, D’Anjou Pears
Santa Lucia Coffee

*grown on our farm

Happy New Year!  We have a variety of lovely produce for the deliveries this week.  All items with an asterisk (*) are from our farm.  The other produce is certified organic, Washington grown (this is, the apples and pears).

As a reminder, if you have any questions about time or location of your delivery, please log into your account at our website orcontact us at the farm.

The cold temperatures and the snow have kept us out of the field for the last little bit, but they didn’t do much damage to the Winter veggies.  The snow especially delighted Natty, who was out there throwing snowballs morning and night, much to the displeasure of our Labrador, Dinah.  Snowballs, unlike tennis balls, explode on impact, and Dinah learned this the first time she caught one in her mouth.  She spent the rest of the day lurking on the porch, staring out the window, presumably waiting for the snow to melt.
Well, melt it did, but it’s been quite icy in the mornings, and we step carefully around the farm to keep from slipping and sliding, especially with loads of produce.  We are looking forward to the warmer rainy weather we were promised by the folks who study these things. Please be careful out there when picking up your boxes!

We have a special treat in the boxes today: a locally roasted coffee provided by our favorite roasters and friends at Santa Lucia Coffee Roasters, Justin and Lucy Page.  Here’s a little something that Justin sent me about the coffee included with your produce:

The San Rafael Urias farm rests on the side of a small mountain in the valley of San Miguel Duenas, Antigua. It is shadowed by the Agua (Water) and Fuego (Fire) volcanoes. Founded by Rafael Valdes Quiroa in the late 1880s, it is now owned and managed by the third generation of the family, headed by Don Isidro Valdes.  Workers on the farm are allowed to grow their own crops in these areas. There is also some land reserved as forest, providing a sanctuary for migrant birds.

San Rafael is also benefited by small natural springs, which give clean drinking water and irrigation for the seedlings in the nursery. They have now piped this spring over 1.5km to their mill and use it for the washing and pulping of the cherries (the raw coffee beans). The farm is also next to the Guacalote River, which is used to provide hydraulic energy to the coffee mill.

This is a genuine Antigua coffee as certified by the APCA, the genuine Antigua Coffee Growers Association. The APCA was created by local producers in 2000 to protect the ‘Antigua’ reputation. Unfortunately, many lesser quality Guatemalan coffees were sold under this prestigious name and it became damaging for the true local producers. The APCA have gone on to help other growers in the area with training and support to further their craft. Enjoy!
Yours,
Heidi

 

 

 

Cabbage Fried Rice
Adapted from: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cabbage-fried-rice

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 leek, halved or quartered lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 cup thinly sliced or julienned carrots

4 cups shredded Savoy cabbage

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger

1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice

4 large eggs, beaten

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Cook rice in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente.  Drain immediately.
In a nonstick wok or large skillet, heat the oil. Add the leek, carrots and cabbage and stir-fry over high heat until the vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the rice and stir-fry until heated through and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

Push the fried rice to the side of the pan to create a well. Pour the eggs into the well and cook, stirring gently, until nearly cooked. Toss the fried rice with the eggs and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the soy sauce, lime juice and scallions. Transfer the fried rice to bowls and serve.

Warm Golden Beet Salad with Greens and Almonds
Adapted from: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-warm-golden-beet-salad-116139

1 ½ lbs golden beets (you received 2 lbs total in your share)
½ bunch of kale
Olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
2/3 cup toasted almond slivers
Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan or cake tin with a big square of foil, large enough to complete enclose the beet roots. Lightly rinse the beet roots to remove any really clumpy dirt and pat them dry. Place them in the foil square and lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Fold up the foil and crease to seal. Bake the beets for 60 minutes or until they can be just pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, strip the kale leaves from the stems, and chop leaves into bite-size ribbons. Rinse thoroughly. Discard stems. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat; add garlic. Cook on low for about 2 minutes or until garlic is golden and fragrant. Add kale leaves and stir to coat. Cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes or until leaves are soft and tender. Add a bit of water if needed to keep the kale from drying out/scorching. Remove from heat.
When the beets are cool, remove skins (they should slip off easily). Chop beets into bite-sized pieces and toss with the cooked greens, goat cheese, and almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold.

colcannon with leeks and kale

Colcannon with Leeks and Kale

A traditional Irish recipe! Traditionally served with Kale or Cabbage.  Our version uses kale and caramelized leeks instead of scallions.  Did you know there is also a song about this dish?

Did you ever eat colcannon,
Made with lovely pickled cream
With the greens & scallions mingled
Like a picture in a dream
Did you ever make a hole on top
To hold the melting flake
Or the creamy flavored butter
That your mother used to make

Colcannon with Leeks and Kale
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Colcannon with Leeks and Kale
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Put the potatoes and rutabaga in a medium stock pot and cover with cold water by at least a couple inches. Boil until the potatoes are fork tender (15 to 20 minutes). Drain in a colander.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and chopped leeks. Stir frequently and continue to cook until your leeks become golden. (10-15 minutes)
  3. Once your leeks are golden, reduce heat to low. Add chopped kale and 1/2 cup of butter. Cook until kale has wilted.
  4. Return the cooked potatoes and rutabaga to the stove over medium heat in your stock pot. Mash with a potato masher and add 1/2 cup of butter. Add 1 cup of heavy cream and stir until well incorporated.
  5. Fold in your kale, leek and butter mixture into the potatoes. If your potatoes seem a little too think, add a little whole milk to thin them out to your desired consistency. Add salt to taste, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
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honey dijon carrots

Honey Dijon Carrots

A wonderful holiday side dish made with some local honey from the Woogie Bee!  Glazed carrots are one of my fave dishes during the holidays (or anytime) – I Frenched this up a little by using Herbes de Provence, which is typically a blend of  savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender and other herbs.  The blend can be made at home or you can pick some up at your local market!

Honey Dijon Carrots
Honey Dijon Carrots
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Peel and spilt your carrots in half. If using Purple Carrots, scrub well but do not peel to help retain the color.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk olive oil, honey, dijon, herbs, salt, pepper and champagne.
  4. Arrange carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper - making sure that they do not overlap. Drizzle honey mixture over the carrots coating evenly.
  5. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes until carrots are tender but slightly firm with golden brown edges. Turn the carrots occasionally while cooking to roast evenly.
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holidaybox_2015

Holiday Box – December 2015

What’s in the Box:

Green & Purple kohlrabi,
Delicata squash, Carnival squash, Mystery Winter squash
Baking potatoes, Austrian Crescent Potatoes
Leeks, Purple Carrots, Orange Carrots
Beets, Red Russian Kale
Parsley, Honey Crisp Apples
Farm honey

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the second and final holiday box.  For our Summer members, this is the final box that you will receive as part of your 2015 Summer share.  If you haven’t signed up for our Winter season yet, please consider joining us for January through March! http://boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/store/

If you have any questions about time or location of your delivery, please log into your account at our website or contact us at the farm.

This delivery’s boxes include a variety of produce from our farm, as well as Washington gorwn organic honey crisp apples and honey from hives that spent the Summer in our fields.  Please note that the honey tends to crystallize quickly, particularly in cooler temperatures.  Crystallization doesn’t affect the quality of the honey or its flavor, and it can be used as-is or decrystallized in a warm water bath.  I do not recommend microwaving the plastic containers. Also note that it is not recommended to give infants under one year of age any honey, raw or processed.  More information and general honey facts are at: http://www.honey.com/faq/

If you’d like more honey, we have some available for purchase on the website too! Please note that you must have an active subscription to purchase honey and other add-on items. http://boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/store/ (scroll down for Add-ons)

Enjoy!
Heidi
Kohlrabi, Apple, and Carrot Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Recipe adapted slightly from The Table: http://www.thetableblog.com/2013/06/kohlrabi-apple-and-carrot-salad/#.Vm9wcb-yqpM

2 Kohlrabi
1 Apple, preferably a tart green one
2 Carrots
1 1/2 Tbsp Honey
1  1/2 Tbsp Grainy Mustard
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar

Peel the kohlrabi, then slice and cut into matchsticks. Wash the carrots and cut them into matchsticks as well, or as close to matchsticks as possible. (Mine were short and chubby so this was a challenge.) Next, slice the apple and also cut it into matchsticks. You can peel the apple if you wish, but I didn’t.

In a small jar, add all the dressing ingredients (honey through vinegar). Screw the lid on and shake till well mixed. If you don’t have a jar, you can use a bowl and a whisk, but I highly recommend saving a jar or two for making homemade dressing. So easy! Taste the dressing and add more honey or mustard to taste. Then toss all together and enjoy!
Winter Squash Soup with Gruyère Croutons
Adapted from: Bon Appétit December 1996
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/winter-squash-soup-with-gruyere-croutons-2997
The drier squashes will work well in this recipe; use the Delicata sparingly if you choose to include it, as it is very sweet.

Soup:

1/2 stick butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
Approximately 40 oz low-salt chicken or vegetable broth
8 cups 1-inch pieces (carefully!) peeled Winter squash (about 3 pounds total)
1 1/4 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 1/4 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Croutons:

2 Tablespoons butter
24 baguette bread slices, 1/4-inch-thick
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon minced fresh sage

For soup:

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add broth, all squash and herbs; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.

Working in batches, puree soup in blender. Return soup to same pot. Stir in cream and sugar; bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Rewarm over medium heat before serving.)

For croutons:

Preheat broiler. Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Arrange bread, buttered side up, on baking sheet. Broil until golden, about 1 minute. Turn over. Sprinkle cheese, then thyme and sage over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until cheese melts, about 1 minute. Ladle soup into bowls. Top each with croutons and serve.

 

Celery Root Soup

Celery Root Soup

This is one of those simple soups to make.  All it really takes is throwing a few root veggies in a pot, cooking them down and tossing it all into blender and hitting puree.  It’s yuumy, comforting, creamy and healthy!  Blended soups are one of my favorites since they don’t require too much work, just a trusty blender.  This recipe can be kept vegan by omitting the heavy cream and I find it to be just as delicious without it.  Another variation to the truffle oil is adding a few drops of chili oil instead.  I didn’t have any truffle oil on hand when I made this (which I normally use as a finishing touch) but the use of a little spicy chili oil made for a great alternative.

Celery Root Soup
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Celery Root Soup
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add olive oil and melt your butter.
  2. Add your chopped leeks to the pot and cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes. When your leeks begin to soften up, add your garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add your vegetable stock, celery root, apples and potato. Reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes until all of the veggies are soft.
  4. Add fresh thyme, nutmeg and white pepper. Remove from heat and puree using a hand mixer or you can use a blender (puree in small batches) until creamy and smooth.
  5. Add your heavy cream (optional) or if you want to keep this vegan, you can not add it all or or use almond or coconut milk as a substitute. If your soup is too thick, it can be thinned out with a little additional water.
  6. Return to low heat to bring the soup back up to temperature. Add salt to taste. Serve with minced celery leaves and a few drops of chili oil.
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