Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Potato, Roasted Garlic and Broccoli Soup

I have too many potatoes! Potato soup seemed like a natural. I love potato leek soup but I don't have any leeks. I do, however, had garlic and broccoli.

I like to add broccoli to potato soup because I like the nice green color it adds as well as the nutrients. It turns it into a meal in a bowl.

However, when the potatoes are red heirloom potatoes which means they're red all the way through, the final product looks very unappealing. Let's just say it looks like something that comes out instead of goes in.

But the flavor, oh the flavor! It's wonderful. My recommendation is to serve by candlelight. Or use white potatoes, that's probably the best solution.

Potato, Roasted Garlic and Broccoli Soup

Roasted garlic: Cut the tops off two heads (yes heads,not cloves) of garlic to expose the tops of the cloves, pour a bit of olive oil on them and wrap completely in foil. Roast until soft at 350 (or whatever temp you've got the oven for something else, just watch them closely). Use less if you don't love things very garlicy. Remove from oven, allow to cool, then squish the cloves of garlic out of the skins to use.

About 2 1/2 lbs of potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
Water or chicken broth*
One bunch broccoli, big stems removed

When the potatoes are tender, add the broccoli and the roasted garlic and cook until the broccoli is tender.

Puree the mixture in a food processor (if I wasn't still waiting for the backordered bowl to show up) or blender adding more stock or milk if necessary.

Add pureed mixture back to the pan, add stock or milk until you get the texture you want. Add salt and pepper to taste.

*I prefer chicken broth but didn't have any so I used water and then added some drippings I had left from cooking a chicken. I froze the the drippings when I was too lazy to bother making gravy. The drippings added terrific flavor and I didn't need any additional salt.

Rating: Excellent but ugly when made with red potatoes. I won't make you suffer a picture. I didn't wait for dinner, I had it for lunch and we'll still have it for dinner.

1 comment:

Mom said...

This sounds wonderful. I'll have to try it soon.