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September 22, 2010

Old fashioned cauliflower soup

Why old fashioned? Well, in nowdays modern kitchen preparing dishes with roux might be outdated unless we are talking about the three of the mother sauces of classical French cooking: sauce béchamel, sauce velouté and sauce espagnole. Roux is a cooked mixture of wheat flour and fat, traditionally clarified butter. It is used as a thickener for gravy, other sauces, soups and stews. It is typically made from equal parts of flour and fat by weight. When used in Italian food, roux is traditionally equal parts of butter and flour. By contrast, Hungarian cuisine uses lard (in its rendered form) or - more recently - vegetable oil instead of butter for the preparation of roux (which is called rántás in Hungarian). (source:wikipedia)


Ingredients:
550 g cauliflower florets
1 leek (only the white part)
600 ml chicken stock
20 g butter
20 g flour
nutmeg
salt, pepper

Melt butter in a pan and add the sliced leeks and stir to coat them well in butter. Cook for 2-3 minutes, but do not allow it to get brown. Add flour and stir well, leave it on the heat for 2
minutes, then let it cool. Bring the stock to the boil and ladle it into the roux while whisking constantly. Add cauliflower, some salt and cook for 35-40 minutes. Blend it with help of a mixer, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

6 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delicious and warming soup!

Cheers,

Rosa

natural selection said...

Delicious soup it looks so comforting! Roux is perfect, roux is good we need more roux!

There is no substitute for butter or Gin
-Julia Child

Mary said...

What a lovely soup. It is perfect for our damp and chilly days. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Faith said...

Your soup looks wonderful, so smooth and creamy. I bet the flavor of nutmeg is delicious in it!

Puszedli said...

Végre leves! Mostanában pont ilyesmik után kutatok! Szóval köszi a receptet!

De a kanalas képet sem hagyhatom szó nélkül: nagyon szép lett! :)

chriesi said...

@Rosa:Indeed!

@natural selection: Thank you! Hehe yeah roux rocks!

@Mary: Thank you Mary, same to you!

@Faith: I am glad you like it! Yeah, it was that tiny hidden kick.

@Puszedli: Ahogy egyre hidegebb lesz, jönni fognak biztos még levesek. Örülök, hogy tetszik a kép, csak sajnos a világítást nagyon nehéz megoldanom, de dolgozom rajta. :)

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