I made this soup a couple of days ago. It has lots of dairy so it's not going into regular rotation, but it was soooooo delicious I could eat it for every meal every day. I topped mine with my version of "sprinkles"--crispy fried bits of pork belly. Also, at my local grocery, I couldn't find smoked cheddar, so I used a combination of some French smoked cheese that was super pricey, but worth every penny, and a little Swiss.
I found the recipe here:
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Cauliflower & Smoked Cheddar Soup
Vegetable Oil – 2 Tble (30 ml)
Medium Yellow Onion, chopped fine – approx ½ lb (225 g)
Medium Stalk Celery, chopped fine – 1
Small Cauliflower, in 2” florets – approx 1 lb (450 g)
White Wine – 1 Cup (240 ml)
Garlic, minced – 1 clove
Bay Leaf – 1
Chicken or Vegetable Stock – 1 Quart (1 L)
Half & Half (10% Cream) – ¾ Cup (180 ml)
Egg Yolks, lightly beaten – 2
Worcestershire Sauce – 1 tsp (5 ml)
Cayenne Pepper – ¼ tsp (2 ml)
Smoked Cheddar – 5 oz (150 g)
Juice of ½ Lemon
s+p – to taste
Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over med. heat until shimmering. Add the onion and celery and sweat until translucent (no colour), about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the cauliflower, wine, garlic and bay leaf, season with salt & pepper, stir once, then cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, stir, and cook 5 minutes more.
Add the stock and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to med-low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower florets are tender. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaf, then use an immersion blender to puree the soup smooth.
Lightly whisk the cream and egg yolks together. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and cayenne.
Pour about 1 cup of the pureed soup into the yolk mixture while whisking briskly. When well combined, stir the yolk mixture back into the soup. Reheat the soup over med-low, stirring often to avoid scorching. Slowly incorporate the cheese, stirring well and allowing each addition to melt before adding more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Finish with the lemon juice, then taste and season again.
Serve immediately with the garnish of your choice
kiss = keep it simple, sister!