LES FOUGERES' CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH CHEDDAR, BACON AND MAPLE PECANS

Les Fougeres, in Chelsea, Quebec, just 15 minutes from Ottawa, is a favourite destination of Ottawa's foodies. They were kind enough to share this amazing soup recipe with me. The maple pecans make great holiday gifts.

Les Fougeres, in Chelsea, Quebec, just 15 minutes from Ottawa, is a favourite destination of Ottawa's foodies. They were kind enough to share this amazing soup recipe with me. The maple pecans make great holiday gifts.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup (50mL) butter
  • 2 tbsp (25mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large cauliflower (about 3 lbs/750g), cut into chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 3 cups (750mL) chicken stock or more
  • 1 tsp (5mL) fresh thyme
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish:
  • 1 cup (250mL) grated aged Cheddar
  • 8 oz (250g) bacon, cut into sticks and cooked until crisp
  • 1/2 cup (125mL) chopped maple pecans (see below)
  • 2 tbsp (25mL) chopped fresh parsley

Method

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a large deep saucepan. Add onion, cauliflower and garlic. Cook gently, covered, 15 to 20 minutes until caramelized, checking every 5 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes and thyme and enough stock to just cover vegetables. Simmer until very tender 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Puree. Return to heat and add additional stock to make a medium thick soup. Season to taste.
  4. Garnish with cheese, bacon, pecans and parsley.
  5. For maple pecans, toss 1 cup (250mL) pecans with 1/4 cup (50mL) maple syrup. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 325F (160C) oven approximately 15 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes, until candied.
    Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp (2mL) Maldon salt.

LES FOUGERES' CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH CHEDDAR

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