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Fennel, cauliflower and truffle soup with gruyere croutons

Fennel, cauliflower and truffle soup with gruyere croutons

SERVES
6
COOK TIME
1.5
PREP TIME
15
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Tags Gruyere, Soup, Truffle
Collections Winter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb (approx. 900g), cut into 2cm chunks & reserve fronds for later
  • 1 cauliflower (approx. 900g), cut into small florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 2 leeks washed & finely sliced
  • 1 L chicken stock
  • 2 large potatoes (approx. 450g), peeled & diced into 2cm cubes
  • 125 ml sour cream
  • 2 tsp garlic & truffle salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Gruyere & fennel seed croutons
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Gruyere
  • 1 tsp lemon thyme
  • 1 sourdough baguette, sliced

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Place the fennel, cauliflower & garlic together in a large mixing bowl with two tablespoons of olive oil & toss together until well coated.
  3. Divide the fennel mixture between two baking trays & roast in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven & peel off garlic skins.
  4. Heat remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add leeks, cover & cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  5. Add the roasted vegetables, stock & potatoes to the saucepan. Increase the heat to medium, cover & cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Using a stick blender, puree soup until smooth.
  7. Chop reserved fennel fronds & add to soup with sour cream, truffle salt & pepper, stirring until well combined.
  8. To make the croutons, lightly grill the baguette slices on one side.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the fennel seeds, Gruyere & thyme together in a small mixing bowl.
  10. Turn the toasts over & evenly divide the cheese mixture between them.
  11. Place back under the grill until the cheese has melted.

three ways with fennel:

  1. To braise fennel, slice 3 medium fennel bulbs about 1cm thick. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large sauté pan & cook fennel until golden. Add 1 chopped clove garlic, 1 chopped red chilli, salt & pepper & 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cover & bake in 160°C oven for 1 hour.
  2. For a delicious salad, ake 1 smoked trout & nely slice a small fennel bulb, a green apple, 2 baby beetroot & 3 spring onions. Toss together in a salad bowl with 2 tablespoons chopped dill or fennel fronds. For the dressing combine 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated horseradish, salt & pepper.
  3. For a great side dish, trim & cut 4 fennel bulbs into wedges. Place in a pot of boiling water, cook for 5 minutes, then drain. In a mixing bowl combine 1 crushed clove garlic, 250ml cream, salt, pepper & a pinch of nutmeg, stirring to combine. Arrange fennel in a large ovenproof dish & pour over cream mixture. Top with the 50g grated Parmesan, then bake in 180°C oven for 20 minutes or until golden.

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Fennel, cauliflower & truffle soup with gruyere croutons
Recipe Notes
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Place the fennel, cauliflower & garlic together in a large mixing bowl with two tablespoons of olive oil & toss together until well coated.
  3. Divide the fennel mixture between two baking trays & roast in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven & peel off garlic skins.
  4. Heat remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add leeks, cover & cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  5. Add the roasted vegetables, stock & potatoes to the saucepan. Increase the heat to medium, cover & cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Using a stick blender, puree soup until smooth.
  7. Chop reserved fennel fronds & add to soup with sour cream, truffle salt & pepper, stirring until
    well combined.
  8. To make the croutons, lightly grill the baguette slices on one side.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the fennel seeds, Gruyere & thyme together in a small mixing bowl.
  10. Turn the toasts over & evenly divide the cheese mixture between them.
  11. Place back under the grill until the cheese has melted.

three ways with fennel:

  1. To braise fennel, slice 3 medium fennel bulbs about 1cm thick. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in
    a large sauté pan & cook fennel until golden. Add 1 chopped clove garlic, 1 chopped red chilli, salt & pepper & 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cover & bake in 160°C oven for 1 hour.
  2. For a delicious salad, ake 1 smoked trout & nely slice a small fennel bulb, a green apple, 2 baby beetroot & 3 spring onions. Toss together in a salad bowl with 2 tablespoons chopped dill or fennel fronds. For the dressing combine 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated horseradish, salt & pepper.
  3. For a great side dish, trim & cut 4 fennel bulbs into wedges. Place in a pot of boiling water, cook for 5 minutes, then drain. In a mixing bowl combine 1 crushed clove garlic, 250ml cream, salt, pepper & a pinch of nutmeg, stirring to
    combine. Arrange fennel in a large ovenproof dish & pour over cream mixture. Top with the 50g grated Parmesan, then bake in 180°C oven for 20 minutes or until golden.
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Rainbow Chard, Fennel & Lemon Risotto with Chilli

Rainbow Chard, Fennel & Lemon Risotto with Chilli

SERVES
6
COOK TIME
45
PREP TIME
20
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Tags Risotto
Collections Winter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 large leek, finely chopped (white part only)
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, sliced thinly into rounds
  • 1 bulb fennel, finely chopped
  • 2 cups Arborio rice (400g)
  • 1/2 cup vermouth (125ml)
  • 1 1/2 litres hot vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp lemon thyme
  • 2 tsp finely chopped preserved lemon
  • 300 g rainbow chard, kale, silverbeet or spinach
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To serve
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp crispy fried capers
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan

METHOD

  1. Place olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Add the leek, garlic, chilli and fennel, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until leek and fennel are soft but not coloured.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, add rice, stirring until well-coated and beginning to crackle. Quickly add vermouth, stirring until absorbed.
  4. Add ladlefuls of hot stock, stirring continuously until absorbed, continuing until all the stock has been added and the risotto has become thick and creamy.
  5. Add the thyme, preserved lemon, rainbow chard for the final 5 minutes of cooking, followed by the final ladleful of stock. Once the stock has been absorbed, cover and allow the risotto to stand for 10 minutes.
  6. To finish risotto, add parmesan and seasoning, stirring until well combined.
To serve, scatter over toasted pine nuts, fried capers and extra parmesan.

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Rainbow Chard, Fennel & Lemon Risotto with Chilli
Recipe Notes
  1. Place olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Add the leek, garlic, chilli and fennel, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until leek and fennel are soft but not coloured.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, add rice, stirring until well-coated and beginning to crackle. Quickly add vermouth, stirring until absorbed.
  4. Add ladlefuls of hot stock, stirring continuously until absorbed, continuing until all the stock has been added and the risotto has become thick and creamy.
  5. Add the thyme, preserved lemon, rainbow chard for the final 5 minutes of cooking, followed by the final ladleful of stock. Once the stock has been absorbed, cover and allow the risotto to stand for 10 minutes.
  6. To finish risotto, add parmesan and seasoning, stirring until well combined.

To serve, scatter over toasted pine nuts, fried capers and extra parmesan.

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