Long before it was trendy, we were a cauliflower eating family. When G was going to college and working nights, C the MP and I would have cauliflower with melted cheese for dinner. He was 3 and it’s what he always asked for. I thought he had incredibly good taste.
My mom used to make potato soup on a regular rotation, so I’m not surprised how many potato/cauliflower soup recipes I found in her binders. My dad loved potato soup. Hello, he was born in Idaho.
- 12 oz bacon sliced into 1/2″ pieces
- 1 medium onion diced
- 4 medium russet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/2″ thick pieces
- 1 medium head cauliflower cored and chopped into florets
- 6 cups warm water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
- 2 to 3 cups corn kernels cooked from fresh or frozen
- grated cheddar cheese for sprinkling
- Cook bacon in a 5 1/2 quart heavy-bottomed soup pot or Dutch oven over med/high heat until browned. Remove bacon with slotted spoon to paper-towel-lined plate.
- Pour the bacon grease into a bowl. Spoon 3 tablespoons of bacon grease back into the pot and discard the rest. Add diced onion and sauté 5 min or until soft.
- Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower, 6 cups warm water along with 4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Stir and bring to a boil. Add 1 cup cream, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until potatoes are cooked through (about 15 min).
- Meanwhile cook your corn. Drain and cover to keep warm.
- Puree the soup in batches in a blender until completely smooth (making sure your blender has a little breathing hole at the top so you don’t create a suction vacuum from the hot liquid. Return soup to the pot and season to taste (for an adult soup, we add another 1/2 tsp cayenne). To serve, ladle into warm bowls and garnish generously with bacon bits, cooked corn kernels and fresh parsley.
* From the Recipe Box:
Lazy butt time: I used precooked bacon. I put 3 tablespoons of butter in the pot instead of bacon grease to saute the onions. I did not peel the potatoes, and I did use Yukon Gold. I thawed frozen corn and dumped it in at the end. I used the bags of cauliflower-ettes from Costco. I did not use a stand blender; I used my immersion blender. Are you seeing how much time I saved you?
and remember: Life is so damn short, for god’s sake, just do what makes you happy. Big kiss, Lynn