It's my first time making smooth silky soup and with this ugly beast -celery root. I know I'm lame. With chilly weather, warm soup comes first on the dinner menu list at my house. The weather sucks and I need something to comfort me. I've been wanting to make smooth soup and work with root produce. I guess this is the time - (just do it, T!). With busy schedules that took all my time and energy away from cooking, I finally overcame it and realized how much I missed cooking. It's worth it. I love it. The soup is surprisingly flavorful with a few ingredients. Nothing is new in this recipe but a classic is a good comfort food.
Leek has a mild onion-like taste, and is less bitter than scallion. The taste might be described as a mixture of mild onion and cucumber, with a fresh smell similar to scallion. In its raw state, the vegetable is crunchy and firm.
I changed and added a few ingredients. Feel free to tweak this to suit your taste buds.
Leek and Celery Root Soup
Yield: 6 cups
2 leeks, (use only white and light green part) halved, cleaned, and thinly sliced crosswise.
2 medium celery roots, peeled, cubed
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 Tbs butter
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
Salt and pepper
Creme fraiche or sour cream
White truffle oil (optional)
Blender and big pot
- Heat up large sauce pan over high heat. Add butter and oil.
- Add leeks and onion. Cook until onion is translucent and leeks are getting brown.
- Add chopped celery root. Cook for a few mins. Add 1 cup of chicken stock. Cover and cook for about 20-30 mins until celery root is cooked through. During this process, if the liquid is evaporated, keeps adding stock or water.
- Season with salt and pepper
- Let it cool a bit before transferring to blender
- When it's not too hot, blend it in a blender and adding cream to your desire of thickness until the soup is smooth.
- Correct seasonings
- Pour in prepared bowls or glasses. Drop a spoonful of creme fraiche and chives on top. If using truffle oil, drop a few on soup before serving.
|The soup after some has already transferred to a blender|
|You can serve it as dinner with toasts|
|Or serve it in a glass shot for appetizer|