7/08/2015

SPOONFUL - Cream of Brocolli with Croutons and Crispy ham

It's rainy season again and the weather is perfect for soup! I love how a hot bowl of soup feels so good when it rains. Anyway, here is my recipe for Cream of Brocolli with croutons and crispy ham


Ingredients:
Brocolli stalk, chopped into small pieces

Onion, minced
Chicken stock
Cream
Salt and pepper
Nutmeg
Ham, chopped
Croutons

Procedure:
Heat pan and render fat off from ham until ham is crispy
Set aside the crispy ham
Sweat onions in rendered fat
Add chopped brocolli stalks
Add chicken stock and simmer until stalks are soft
Remove from heat
Puree soup in a blender until smooth 
Return to pan and simmer for a few more minutes
Add chicken stock if necessary
Add cream
Season with salt and pepper
Add a pinch of nutmeg
When desired consistency is reached remove from heat
Serve. Top with croutons and crispy ham

I used brocolli stalks that was left over from a previous dish. We are so used to using only the florettes but the stalk (or at least the top part of the stalk) is still edible. But be sure to use only the top part. The bottom part is thicker and fibrous.

Tip:
Don't simmer the stalks for too long. It would cause discoloration and could turn the soup murky
Use culinary cream if possible. All purpose cream tend to curdle when simmered. Resulting in little cream globules in the soup
I used a stick blender but an osterizer would result just the same. If there are fibers from the stalk even after pureeing, pass the soup into a sieve
You can make your own croutons! Slice an old bread into cubes. Drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and place in an oven toaster until crunchy and golden brown.

Happy cooking!


10 comments:

  1. Less ingredients, easy to do. Healthy too!

    A timely recipe for rainy season :)

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  2. I'll share this to my mom! She'll surely love to cook this and we all surely love to try it.

    Thanks for the share ^_^

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  3. wow, i wanna try it out sometime.

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  4. Nice! This sounds easy to make - and healthy too! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  5. Wow! It's a quick fix and sounds delicious too!

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  6. It's already midnight and after reading your post, I can't wait by early morning to try it. :)

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  7. I love healthy foods and this one is on my "must try" list after reading your post. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Thanks for sharing about this recipe, I would love to try it!

    Live Blog Love by Hazel Asoy

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  9. thanks for sharing this. I might try this.

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  10. This seems so delicious! I wanna try this out in my kitchen soon. The flavors seem to complement each other so much based on the ingredients.

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