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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.161: Delia’s celery soup with blue cheese

    Posted on September 17th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    Cornish blue cheese works beautifully in this flavourful recipe from Delia Smith. The celery in our veg boxes this week comes from St Kew Harvest, whose artisan bread would be delicious with this soup.

    Serves 6

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 45 minutes

    450g celery (1 large head, trimmed weight)
    150g blue cheese, rind removed and crumbled
    50g butter
    1 potato (about 200g), peeled and diced
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    570 ml vegetable stock 
    150 ml single cream
    salt and freshly milled black pepper

    First of all separate the stalks of celery from the base and trim, reserving the leaves for a garnish. Scrub them in cold water, drain them, then slice across into thinnish slices. Now in a large saucepan melt the butter and stir in the celery, the chopped potato and the onion. Stir everything around to get a good coating of butter, then put a lid on the pan and, keeping the heat at minimum, allow the vegetables to sweat for 10 minutes to release their juices. Then uncover, pour in the stock and bring it up to simmering point.

    Cover again and cook gently for 30 minutes: after that test that the vegetables are tender and, if not, re-cover and continue to cook until they are. Next remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream, then liquidise the soup along with the crumbled cheese until it is quite smooth. Return the soup to the rinsed-out pan and re-heat very gently. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

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