Usually I’m the one checking out cookbooks but a couple of months ago YA asked me to request two for her. (Don’t ask me why she didn’t request them herself…. I know she has a library card and an online account.) Both were “Half Baked” titles by Tieghan Gerard – not vegetarian but more veggie recipes than your usual cookbook.
The first one finally showed up last week; both books had a lengthy waiting list. After YA went through it and marked a few recipes to copy, I figured I should look through it as well. One of the recipes that caught my eye was the Cauliflower Pale Ale Soup so on Saturday I shopped for the ingredients and yesterday morning, I headed into the kitchen to prepare it. I had to change it up a bit to make it vegetarian and also because I didn’t have pale ale and didn’t want to buy six bottles/cans.
5 slices of vegetarian bacon, chopped
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 ½ tsp. paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 c. vegetarian broth
1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped (6 cups)
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2 tsp. dried thyme
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper
1 12-oz. bottle hard cider
½ c. milk (I used skim)
2 Tbsp. butter
Shredded cheddar cheese
- Saute the bacon in 1 Tbsp of the olive oil. Move bacon to a separate bowl and toss with the rosemary, ½ tsp. paprika and the pinch of cayenne.
- Add the remaining 3 Tbsp. of oil to the pan. Saute the onion and celery until soft.
- Add ½ c. broth, cauliflower, garlic, thyme, 1 tsp. paprika, pinch of red pepper flakes, salt & pepper to taste. Stir for a bit then add the rest of the broth and the cider.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until cauliflower is tender.
- Blend the soup (either in blender or using immersion blender).
- Serve with the veggie bacon bits and cheddar cheese.
It was yummy; YA and I both enjoyed it for lunch. Between the two of us, there are about 15 recipes we’ve marked with little post-it notes so I’m thinking this might end up being a cookbook we decide to purchase. Guess I’d better start looking through my current cookbook stash to see which one will have to go!!
Do you often cook with liquor?