Davidstow Cheddar and Cauliflower soup
A cheese and cauliflower soup, perfect for a winter’s day. Classic comfort food made with a British seasonal vegetable, given a gourmet twist using Davidstow Classic cheddar. All with zero waste!
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Skill level: Easy
For the soup
• 1 Cauliflower, florets, stalk and leaves
• 1 Leek, finely sliced
• 1 shallot, finely diced
• 75g butter, diced
• 1 pint of milk
• 75ml White Wine
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 200g Davidstow Classic cheddar, grated
• 250ml vegetable stock
• Pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper
• 2 Bay leaves
For the herb oil
• 2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley
• 2 tbsp chives
• 100ml olive oil
• 75g butter, diced
For the cheesy croutons
• Sourdough bread, slightly stale
• 2 tbsp finely grated Davidstow cheddar
• 2 tbsp herb oil
• Pinch of salt and pepper
1. Prepare your cauliflower by separating the leaves from the florets. Place the leaves on a roasting tray and drizzle with a little oil and a pinch of salt. Roast in the oven just before you serve the soup at 200˚C for 12-15 mins until crispy and keep to one side along with the croutons later.
2. Dice the cauliflower stalk and florets and cook in a large sauté pan with golden bubbling butter, shallot, bay, salt and pepper for 10 mins. Turn a few times to avoid burning, but allow the butter to brown and caramelise the cauliflower slightly.
3. Add the chopped leeks and sauté for a further 4-5 mins. Then deglaze the pan with a glass of white wine and reduce for 2 mins.
4. Transfer to a saucepan and add milk, plenty of grated Davidstow cheddar and veg stock. Season with a small pinch of salt and a good pinch of pepper.
5. Reduce the heat to simmer for 10-15 mins without boiling the milk and then puree until smooth with a stick blender.
6. Make the herb oil by simply blitzing the herbs with oil in a nutri-bullet or food processor and then using a fine sieve to remove the herbs providing a lovely green, aromatic oil.
7. Dice your sourdough bread and drizzle with herb oil. Season and bake in the oven for 15-20 mins. Alternatively cook in a frying pan. For the last few minutes coat the golden croutons in finely grated cheese and chives.
8. Serve your warming cauliflower and cheddar soup with a few crispy leaves, cheesy croutons and a drizzle of herb oil. Finish with more cheese and finely chopped chives.
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