The Holiday Season is here. Is everybody ready? I have seen so of the most delicious looking food this season all over the Internet. It makes choosing side dishes difficult. I do know that I am making stuffed brussel sprouts created by Jerry Stone. I am excited to make them. I love brussel sprouts!
I found some beautiful asparagus at the market and was just going to steam them as usual but then decided why not make an elegant creamy soup instead. So that is what I did. This would make a lovely first course to your holiday meal or anytime.
This was easy to prepare too. I sauteed some leeks and a little bit of garlic and then tossed in the asparagus along with some veggie broth. I just allowed this all to simmer until the veggies were soft. The hardest part was straining the soup after I had pureed it. You really want to strain this as the woody parts of the asparagus don’t totally puree. Maybe I should have trimmed the stems, I just thought about that as I was writing this, LOL. Add a little half and half, I used the fat free type and some fresh thyme, reheat and it’s done.
1 pound asparagus chopped save the tips for later
1 leek washed and sliced thin
1 tablespoon non dairy butter
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons flour
2 1/1 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup half and half or more if needed
lime juice (optional)
Chop the asparagus but save the tips until you add the cream. Saute the leeks in the margarine or butter, until they start to soften then add the chopped asparagus. Saute for about 5 minutes on a low heat. Add the flour and mix well. Slowly add in the broth and stir until the flour is well blended and not lumpy. Simmer about ten minutes or until the asparagus are cooked. Remove from heat and puree the soup until smooth or as smooth as you can get it. Strain the puree through a fine wire mesh or cheese cloth back into the pot. Add the cream and and the reserved asparagus tips and some fresh thyme. Simmer until the tips are cooked but not too soft.
The photo below is the entrance to a nature preserve not far from my house. There are miles of winding paths. I wasn’t able to get through the whole hike so I plan to go back within the next few days. I actually saw a bobcat lying in one of the paths. I had never seen one before and I was so stunned and a bit frightened that I was only able to get a photo of him running away.