Irish red ale, named for the hue that results from adding roasted barley during brewing, lends a slightly sweet, toasted malt flavour to this update on traditional potato soup. Mature Irish Cheddar gives it a rich, sharp finish.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time35 minutes
Portion size8 servings
(white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
sprigs fresh thyme
, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 cup
Irish red ale (such as Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale or Rickard's Red Irish Style Ale)
Irish Cheddar cheese
hot pepper flakes
Per serving: abouy
Total fat15 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate19 g
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks, garlic and thyme, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in potatoes, broth and ale; bring to boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer until potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from heat; discard thyme. Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to pan over low heat. Gradually stir in Cheddar, a handful at a time, until melted. Divide among serving bowls; sprinkle with pepitas and hot pepper flakes, if using.
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Roasting the cauliflower adds extra depth of flavour to this simple yet delicious soup. Don't be afraid to let the cauliflower turn a very deep golden colour (without burning it, of course)— the darker it is, the richer the roasted taste will be.
(white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
organic vegetable broth
1 1/4 cup
extra-old Cheddar cheese
extra-old Cheddar cheese
per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate27 g
Place cauliflower on rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with oil. Roast in 425 F (220 C) oven, turning occasionally, until very deep golden on all sides, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, in skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks and garlic, stirring, until leeks are softened, about 6 minutes.
In blender, in batches, pur?e cauliflower, leek mixture and broth until smooth; transfer to large saucepan. Stir in 1-1/2 cups water, pepper and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in Cheddar cheese and mustard. Simmer, stirring, until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
Cheddar Crostini: Mix Cheddar cheese with parsley. Spread mustard over baguette slices; top with cheese mixture. Bake on parchment paper–lined baking sheet in 425 F (220 C) oven until cheese is melted and bread is golden, about 8 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving with soup.
This baked one-pan version of rösti is our secret to feeding a crowd without spending the evening in front of a stove. Start with a clean oven to avoid setting off your smoke alarm, as these squares cook at a high temperature.
Portion size60 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Dill-Mustard Cream Cheese:
one-third pkg (250 g pkg)
drained, rinsed and finely chopped
(about 2 large), peeled
(about 1 large), peeled
each onion powder and
each pepper and freshly grated
sliced in 60 bite-size strips
per piece: about
Total fat1 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate4 g
Rösti: In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook russet potatoes and sweet potato, covered, until slightly tender, about 10 minutes; drain. Let cool enough to handle.
Using coarse side of box grater, grate russet potatoes and sweet potato into large bowl; stir in butter, onion powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg until combined.
Press into bottom of parchment paper–lined 15- x 10-inch (40 x 25 cm) rimmed baking sheet. Bake on bottom rack of 450°F (230°C) oven until bottom and top are golden, about 55 minutes. Let cool slightly. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Reheat in 375°F/190°C oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes.) Cut into 60 squares.
Dill-Mustard Cream Cheese: In bowl, beat together cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, capers, dill and pepper until smooth. Spread onto rösti squares.
Topping: Garnish each rösti square with 1 strip of salmon and 1 small sprig of dill.
Cheesy, creamy broccoli soup is a family-friendly dish that's a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. The crispy Cheddar croutons add a satisfying crunch. For a lighter finish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
leeks (white and light green parts only)
yellow-fleshed potatoes (about 450 g total)
peeled and (cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes
Broccoli Soup: Cut stem from broccoli head; cut head into florets to yield 5 cups. Trim bottom end from stem; peel outer layer. Slice stem to yield 3/4 cup. Set aside.
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks, potatoes and broccoli stem, stirring occasionally, until leeks are softened, about 12 minutes. Add garlic, savory and mustard; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in broth and 2 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli florets; simmer until broccoli stems and potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in Cheddar until melted; stir in parsley.
Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Pour into clean Dutch oven or large saucepan; heat over medium-low. Whisk in sour cream, salt and pepper; cook until heated through. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Cheddar Croutons: While soup is simmering, in bowl, toss baguette with oil to coat. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; sprinkle with Cheddar. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until baguette is golden and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Break apart croutons; serve over soup.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: When blending a hot soup, work in small batches and remove the vent from your blender lid, covering the hole with a folded tea towel to relieve any pressure caused by escaping steam.