roasted cauliflower and apple soup
It has been said that one of the best tests of a chef is to make a really good, simple soup.
Well, this soup is (if I do say so myself!) darn simple, and darn good. Disclaimer: This recipe is not for the faint of heart. Literally. There is cream. There is cheese. There is bacon. And this is so NOT the kind of recipe where I advise you to sagely discard the rendered fat. Oh no, I am telling you to throw that fat right into the gorgeous concoction. Just trust me, k?
roasted cauliflower and apple soup recipe:
1 seriously large cauliflower
3 large red apples (i used Emilia apples)
1 medium white onion
6 slices of bacon
3 cups chicken stock (approx.)
1 cup heavy cream (35%)
1/2 cup finely grated sharp cheddar
sea salt and white pepper to taste
So it goes like this: Fry off your bacon, making sure to render all that lovely fat until the bacon is visibly crispy. Transfer the bacon over to a paper towel. Pat it dry, and crumble the bacon, eating the parts you just can’t bring yourself to crumble. I mean, for a… taste test. Obviously.
While the bacon is frying, chop or otherwise rip apart your big, impressive cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Peel, core, and chop your apples into cubes as close to the size of the cauliflower as possible. Chop your onion, then go ahead and mix it all together in a roasting pan.
Now. Enter bacon. Take that liquid gold (some call it fat, but whatever) and pour it over the cauliflower, apple, and onion.
Roast at 410°F (210°C) for 1½ hours, or until cauliflower has started to golden and it looks all roasty. (That’s right, “roasty”!)
Bring your chicken stock to a boil, and add to a blender with the roasted cauliflower, apple, and onion. You may need to blend in batches. Just use as much stock as you want to achieve your desired consistency. I went for a thicker, autumn-style, “mmmm” texture.
Transfer mixture to a pot and add the cream. Simmer and gradually whisk in the cheese. Now comes the most crucial step. Seasoning. Add the salt and white pepper and keep tasting until you are completely satisfied with the result.
Spoon into bowls, top with lemon oil and crumbled bacon, and serve.
Tastes good to me!