Mussel and cauliflower chowder
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Babiche Martens
This luxurious mussel soup topped with homemade croutons is a real treat. It is definitely worth the effort of opening fresh mussels, which not only give you a delicious liquid from cooking for extra flavour, but also guaranteed freshness. One of my favourite herbs, tarragon, adds a unique flavour.
|20||Mussels, in shell|
|1||Onion, chopped finely|
|2||Garlic cloves, sliced|
|1 stick||Celery, sliced thinly|
|½||Leek, chopped small|
|½ cup||White wine|
|1 cup||Mussel liquid|
|1 cup||Cauliflower, florets|
|¼ cup||Chopped tarragon|
|¼ cup||Chopped parsley|
|1 serving||Croutons, homemade, to serve|
- In a large pot bring ½ cup water to a simmer with the lid on. Add the mussels, cover and steam until just cooked. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the liquid. Remove the meat from the shells and discard the shells. Cut the meat into chunks.
- In the same pot, melt the butter. Sweat the onion, garlic, leek and celery for 5 minutes, but don’t brown. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the wine, milk, mussel liquid, cream, cauliflower and tarragon and bring to a simmer.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Just before serving add the mussel meat and parsley, heating through until hot.
- Serve hot with homemade croutons.
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