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    Friday, April 13, 2007

    Brussel Sprout Soup

    I was inspired to post this soup ( a favourite of ours) by Anali from http://analisfirstamendment.blogspot.com/ (check out her site).
    In one of her posts she heralded the virtues of Brussels Sprouts.
    She hadn’t tasted Brussels Sprout soup. So I have dedicated this to her.

    Don’t look at the words Brussel Sprouts  and go oooooh…even if you don’t like them
    you must try this.

    The sprouts sweeten with the sautéing in butter; the flavour of the vegetable is shining through.
    I know not every one likes to use powdered stock, but in this case the chicken stock adds that extra zing to the soup.
    It really is a pretty soup a lovely pale green. Do use whole milk. I have also made it with low fat but it’s not the same..."watery" comes to mind.
    The low fat milk was more likely to catch on the bottom of the pan…a no no.

    50 gms butter
    500 gms Brussels Sprouts…outside leaves removed and chopped
    1 clove garlic finely chopped

    3 teaspoons powdered chicken stock
    Freshly ground black pepper
    200 mls water

    2 tablespoons plain flour

    1 litre whole milk (heated)
    Little freshly grated nutmeg


    First prepare the sprouts.
    Remove outside raggedy leaves and chop

    Melt butter in pan and gently sauté the sprouts and garlic
    Season with chicken stock powder and freshly ground black pepper
    Just cover with the water and simmer gently covered for about 8 minutes until sprouts are soft. They should have kept their colour.

    Add flour stir well and cook for a 3 -4 minutes making sure not to let it catch.
    Add hot milk and stir well again and bring to just below boiling point.
    Simmer for a couple of minutes, keep stirring.

    Remove from heat and puree in a blender.
    Grate a little nutmeg
    Taste for seasoning and add extra if needed.

    You may need to add some more milk if it is too thick.
    It doesn’t need garnish for flavour, maybe a little green herb just for presentation.
    Hot buttered toast makes a great accompaniment.

    4 comments:

    Asha said...

    Looks great! I love the light green color of this soup:)

    Welcome back Gilly.

    So Simple said...

    Asha
    I am back to the phone camera so the photo doesn't really do it justice I have left my other camers on the boat. Thanks it's nice to be back.

    Anali said...

    Thanks Gilli! I'm honored! The recipe looks really good and the soup is beautiful. I'm going to print it out. I have to go buy some brussel sprouts, so I can make it.

    Sorry it took so long to get over here!

    So Simple said...

    Anali
    I hope you like it, it really is a favourite of ours.
    Glad you like the look of the Hidden Banana Cake. Donnis was thrilled that you liked it.