Monday, January 12, 2009

Recipe: Potato Fennel Soup with Dill

Last week I was in the mood to use a new ingredient. And so I selected fennel. It is one of those things I love, but I rarely cook with.

So I bought a big ole bulb of the stuff and used it in two separate meals. The first half was used in this recipe, along with potatoes and dill to make a really amazing soup. I braised the other half with some olive oil and white wine and served on top of some trout later in the week.

I developed a taste for fennel after consuming its seeds at the end of meals to stimulate digestion. Especially at Indian restaurants that serve food using a lot of cream or dairy. I love its anise-y taste. I think you will too. Enjoy!

Makes 6 servings

2 potatoes, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 leek, diced
1/2 bulb fennel, diced, sprigs removed
2 sprigs celery, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
thyme
1-2 tbsp butter or olive oil
water
2 sprigs dill, chopped (for garnish)

In a large soup pot, saute leeks with butter or olive oil over medium heat for a couple minutes. Add carrot, celery, fennel, and thyme, cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.

Next, add water to pot. Immerse vegetables in water with an additional inch or so of water. Increase heat to high. When reaches a boil, reduce to simmer. Leave for 20-30 minutes or so until potatoes are soft. Add sea salt. Blend using immersion blender or transfer to food processor.

Add chopped dill and serve.

4 comments:

Hayley said...

Looks delicious. I've never had anything like this before. Thanks!

Rachel said...

Another good garnish (perhaps in combo with the dill) is chopped fennel fronds, which actually look like dill and have a subtle fennel flavor. It also feels good to use so much of the vegetable.

Ameet Maturu said...

Great idea, Rachel! Thanks for sharing.

ladychef04 said...

I really like it...with more spice added. A little pinch of each: curry powder, cayenne pepper, ground mustard powder

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