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Celery Soup with Bacon Croutons :rectnt

Celery Soup with Bacon Croutons

From Food and Wine Magazine Used for our dinner group on Valentine's Day 2015
Active time 1 hr. Total time 1 1/2 hr.
Serves 8
This soup gets a surprising amount of flavor from sauteed celery. It has great garnishes, too: bacon croutons and a drizzle of lemon olive oil. Be sure to buy oil that 's infused with pure lemon extract
Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3 medium leeks, halved and thinly sliced
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and pepper
12 large celery ribs (2 pounds) trimmed and thinly sliced
8 cups water
4 ounces bacon, finely diced
Three 1/2 inch thick slices of Italian bread, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1/2 cup creme fraiche
lemon olive oil for drizzling

Instructions:

In a large sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter.
Add the leeks, onions, garlic and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring until softened but not browned, about 12 minutes.
Add the celery and cook, stirring, until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes
Add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to moderate.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very tender. 35 t0 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 8 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to half of a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the bacon fat.
Add the bread and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until browned and crisp, 8 minutes.
Transfer to the other side of the prepared baking sheet, season with salt and pepper.

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth or use and immersion blender.
Return the soup to the saucepan, whisk in the creme fraiche and season with salt and pepper.
Serve hot, topped with the bacon, croutons and a drizzle of lemon olive oil.

Want to make ahead?
This soup can be refrigerated for 3 days. Rewarm before serving.


I copied the recipe as it was written.
I made it a day ahead of time.
Did all my chopping before I started any cooking.
I had a quart sized plastic bag of onions in the freezer, small diced, so I was able to do that easily.
I weighed the celery. The croutons were so good.
I used my stick blender in the dutch oven pan I had made the soup in.
That saved a lot of time since I didn't have to do it in batches.
If I make this again I would use a little extra garlic and remember to add the pepper and salt.
I might suggest using a little more bread for croutons to have on hand for salads or leftovers!
I am thinking that sometime I might mix a little of this soup with a carrot soup that I like. or maybe add a few carrots to the recipe!
The onion flavor was NOT strong for those who don't like onions! Enjoy.
jea MN

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