17 March, 2012

Darina Allen's Forager Soup | The New York Times

You can make this recipe up to a day in advance and refrigerate. When ready to serve, gently reheat soup over Medium-Low heat, uncovered.

Photo by Peter Cassidy via The New York Times

Forager Soup ingredients
Makes 6 to 8 servings
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup diced onion
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, or hot water
1.5 cups whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
About 8-oz (4 cups) mixed chopped spring greens, like sorrel, watercress, ramps, arugula, dandelion or chives
3 Tbsp olive oil
3-oz chorizo or bacon, finely diced

Optional garnish
Wild garlic or chive flowers

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit into the top of a heavy pot. 

Melt butter in pot over Medium-High heat. When it foams, add onion and potato and stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Reduce heat to very low, rest parchment paper (to trap steam) on top of vegetables. Cover with lid and cook gently for 10 minutes, until vegetables are soft; they should not brown at all.

Heat stock (or water), milk and cream in a saucepan until just simmering. 

Remove parchment from vegetables. Add hot liquid to vegetables and simmer until potatoes and onions are fully cooked, about 5 to 10 minutes more. 

Add greens and simmer uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes until greens are just cooked through (do not cover pot or overcook, or else bright green color will be lost.) 

In a blender or with a hand blender, purée until smooth. Taste for salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a small skillet. Add chorizo or bacon and cook until fat is rendered and meat is crisp, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Reserve cooking oil.

On top of each bowl, scatter chorizo or bacon bits, sprinkle a few drops of oil and garnish with flowers, if using.

Adapted from Darina Allen, Forgotten Skills of Cooking (London: Kyle Books, 2009)

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