The Chefs Dinner is a couple of weeks past now, fabulous as always. We’ve been buzzing with guests and good food here and I am fighting a deadline on our textbook revisions (should be done in a month, except for the copyediting, etc.) but I do intend to get back to blogging – I miss it.
Meanwhile, I had a request for the recipe for the sublime watercress soup Chef Daniel Orr (FARMbloomington) made for the dinner and like the good guy he is, he sent it right away. He used rice as the thickener for the one he made for the dinner, but says this one with potato is good too. Make it quick, while the markets still have watercress – and serve it chilled!
Wild Creek Cress Soup
Makes 2- 2 1/2 qts.
5 bunches watercress- stems and leaves separated
2 onions, sliced
6 cloves garlic
2 potatoes- cut in rustic dice
2 parsnips- peeled and roughly chopped
1 fennel bulb
1 cups white wine
2 qt. vegetable or chicken stock
½ pound spinach
1/2 pound sweet peas
1 apple- peeled, cored and diced
Salt and Pepper
Sweat onions in a heavy bottomed pot. Add chopped garlic and half of the chopped watercress steams. Add white wine, stock, potatoes, parsnips and fennel. Simmer until potatoes and parsnips are tender, then season add the watercress leaves, spinach, peas and apple.
Return to a boil, take off heat and puree immediately in blender. (note: puree mostly the solids at first for you may not need all the liquid. You can always add more if you need, but you can’t take it out.)
Cool the soup down fast by placing the soup in an ice bath. Adjust seasoning and serve cold with whipped crème fraiche and fresh watercress.
To serve hot reheat just before serving. Great hot with oysters!!!