Cauliflower, leek and almond brown-butter soup with potato puffs

Cauliflower, leek and almond brown-butter soup with potato puffs

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2017


  • For the soup:
  • 6 T butter
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 leeks, chopped
  • 2 cauliflower, small heads, broken into small pieces
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup Woolworths Ayrshire double-thick cream
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 15 g thyme
  • 1⁄2 lemon, juiced
  • 3 T flaked almonds, toasted
  • For the potato puffs:
  • 1 sheet Woolworths all-butter frozen puff pastry
  • 100 g mozzarella, grated
  • 4 slices Woolworths Cambozola, Saint Louis or Brie
  • 3 potatoes, very thinly sliced

Cooking Instructions

Heat 2 T butter and the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the leeks and cook for 3 minutes over a medium heat.

Add the cauliflower and toss. Cook for 3 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Add the chicken stock and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft.

Blend until smooth, return to the saucepan and stir in the cream. Season to taste.

Melt the remaining butter in a pan, then add the thyme and cook gently until the butter turns golden and caramelised. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. Drizzle the butter and scatter the toasted almonds over the soup, and serve with the potato puffs.

To make the potato puffs, preheat the oven to 200°C. Score a 5 cm border around the edges of the pastry.

Scatter the mozzarella onto the pastry, then top with the Cambozola, St Louis or Brie. Layer over the potatoes and bake for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden and the cheese has melted.

Cut into pieces to serve.

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Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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    July 21, 2018

    This is now my nr 1 soup recipe…my guest gave me master chef status…lol…we loved it!

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    Melanie King
    July 17, 2018

    So there is almonds in the ingredients but not in the instructions?

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      July 17, 2018

      Hi there Melanie,
      The almonds are a garnish – we’ve reworded the recipe to make it clearer! Scatter the toasted almonds over the soup before serving. Happy cooking!