Corn and Saffron Bisque

Corn and Saffron Bisque 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Corn and Saffron Bisque 150

A small cup of this velvety golden soup is an elegant start to a holiday meal. Use yellow corn instead of bicolour kernels (peaches and cream) for superior flavour.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2006

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup grated peeled Yukon Gold potato
  • 3 cups sodium-reduced chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup creme fresh or sour cream
Parsley Oil:
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Saffron Oil:
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Method

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; fry celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, saffron, coriander and salt, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 6 minutes.

Add corn and potato. Pour in stock and 3 cups (750 mL) water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until potato is tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.

Parsley Oil: Meanwhile, in blender, puree parsley with oil until bright green; let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through coffee filter into small bowl.

Saffron Oil: In small bowl, combine saffron with 1 tsp (5 mL) hot water; let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk in oil. Let stand for 10 minutes; strain through coffee filter into small bowl. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate oils separately for up to 24 hours; whisk to use.)

Discard bay leaf from soup. In blender, puree soup, in batches, until smooth. Strain into clean pot, adding up to 1/4 cup (50 mL) water for thinner consistency, if desired. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight container until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Rewarm over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.) Ladle into bowls. Garnish each with dollop of creme fraiche and drizzle each of parsley and saffron oils.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 316 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 236.0
  • Total fat 17 g
  • Cholesterol 4 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 19 g

%RDI

  • Iron 5.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 17.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 13.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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