Dinner Tonight

Dinner Tonight: Celery Soup + Anchovy Butter Toast

April 15, 2014

You might not think to put these two together, but we urge you to give it a try. We did, and now there's no turning back; the soup is creamy and light, and the anchovy butter toast is salty and just a little sweet. Together, these two make a killer pair, the perfect meal to celebrate the start of spring, the kind to be eaten by an open window in those lingering rays of light. 

A few notes: Don't be put off by the amount of butter -- you won't be eating all of it tonight. If it still bothers you, you can replace some of the butter in the soup with oil (personally, we think it's worth the extra indulgence.) This dinner, although simple, requires a solid hour of your time, plus prepping and chopping. Trust us when we say it's an hour well spent. 

Click through on the recipe photos or titles to see (and save and print) the full recipes, but we've also written you a handy grocery list and game plan below.

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Jane Grigson's Celery Soup by Genius Recipes 


Anchovy Onion Butter by cookingwithleftovers 

Grocery List 

Serves 4

1/2 pound celery, chopped (about 2 cups) 
1/2 cup diced potato
4 cups turkey or chicken stock
1/2 to 1 cup milk (optional) 
1 teaspoon dill weed (or 2 teaspoons fresh dill)
2 1/2 tablespoons cream
Baguette or any crusty bread of your liking 

We're assuming you have onions, sugar, anchoves, turkey or chicken stock, and 2 sticks of butter. If not, add those to your grocery list, too. 

The Plan 

1. For the anchovy butter: Dice one of the onions, then caramelize it slowly over medium heat along with a pinch of sugar and 1 tablespoon of the anchovy oil. Roughly chop 6 anchovies and add to the onion mixture. Take off the heat and let everything cool.

2. Whip up 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter in a mixer until fluffy.  Add the onion mixture and mix to combine. Season with pepper and set aside. 

3. While the onion caramelizes, start the soup: Stew the celery, the diced half of an onion, and potato gently in 6 tablespoons butter in a covered pan for 10 minutes. Don't let the vegetables brown. Add 4 cups stock and 1/2 teaspoon dill weed. Simmer for 20 minutes if you have a blender, 40 minutes if you use a food mill. 

4. Blend or purée the soup. Pour through a strainer into a clean pan (to remove the last few threads of celery), adding a little milk if it's too thick. Slowly bring to just under a boil, seasoning with sealt, pepper, and more dill weed to taste. 

5. Put the cream into the soup dish, and pour the soup in on top. Swirl around with a ladle before serving to mix the cream. Serve with the anchovy butter and a toasted baguette. 

Photos by James Ransom. 

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kim April 15, 2014
So easy , doable and delicious as most of your recipe ideas- I love the way you cook!
Joy B. April 15, 2014
thank you so much, kim.
Auntie A. April 15, 2014
The celery soup is wonderful, and a great way to use up the head of celery you bought when you only needed a single stalk for a recipe.
AntoniaJames April 15, 2014
Inspired. Truly inspired. ;o)
Catalicious April 15, 2014
I'm going to make this. Looks very delicious.
Joy B. April 15, 2014
Yes! Thank you!!