It’s no secret that I frequent the JFX Farmers Market – I wake up early for it almost every week. Last week I passed by a few different vendors that were selling purple cauliflower and knew this could make a great accompaniment to some Raven’s football. I browsed around for some easy cauliflower recipes that would really highlight the color. I settled on this Purple Cauliflower Soup Recipe from Food 52 because my immersion blender is my new favorite toy. Also, I decided to make some of my own creative changes because why not?
Ingredients – Yields 5 Servings
- two large purple cauliflowers
- 2 small shallots
- 1 head of garlic
- 8 oz maitake (hen of the woods) mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken stock (can substitute for vegetable stock)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- Good quality olive oil, garnish
- smoked paprika, garnish
- parsley, garnish
- crushed red pepper, garnish
- Preheat oven to 350
- Remove outer leaves of cauliflower. Wash and cut cauliflower into chunks.
- Cut shallots and garlic into medium sized pieces.
- Cut mushrooms into bite sized pieces and put aside
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Add shallots, cook over low heat, until soft. About 5 minutes.
- Add cauliflower. Stir to coat with olive oil. Cook for about 5 minutes over low heat.
- Add stock and garlic. Bring to boil. Do not cover with a lid.
- Bring heat to a low simmer. Season to taste with salt.
- Cook until cauliflower is soft, about 25 – 35 minutes. It all depends on how large you cut the pieces of cauliflower.
- Place mushrooms on a greased baking sheet (I use Pam Cooking Spray) sprinkled with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes, flipping half-way through.
- Puree the soup with an immersion blender. If you only have a traditional blender, puree in small batches then return to the pan.
- Ladle into serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, and parsley.
- Top with roasted mushrooms
I absolutely loved this – granted the cauliflower isn’t overly flavorful so the addition of spices and onions really carry the flavor. I ate this with a side of roasted mushrooms but the soup is very hearty on its own.
If you have trouble finding maitake mushrooms, any mushroom that roasts well will do.
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