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Ideas for gluten-free garnishes for a ricotta-based cream of spinach soup? Homemade ricotta, including whey, spinach, aromatics. Thank you!

Also included are finely grated Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano, some parsley while cooking, and a touch of nutmeg at the end. Need something to dress it up for company, but not interested in buying or making gluten free bread for croutons (or buying g-f croutons). Thank you so much. ;o)

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asked over 6 years ago

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour

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added over 6 years ago

How about some toasted sliced almonds? There is an epicurious recipe for sunchoke croutons that might work - when cooked they taste similar to artichokes which should go with a spinach soup. http://www.epicurious.com...

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PattiinMS
added over 6 years ago

What about popcorn?

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Angela @ the well-worn apron
added over 6 years ago

A couple of roasted or fried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) would be a tasty addition. Use Steamy Kitchen’s recipe as a guide line for roasting (http://steamykitchen.com...) or Sunset Magazine’s recipe (http://www.sunset.com/food...) if you want to fry them and then spice either recipe to fit with the soup. You’ll have more than you need for garnish but they are great to snack on.

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff

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added over 6 years ago

Crispy fried shallots?

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Droplet
added over 6 years ago

Awhile back I saw a recipe for a spinach cauliflower soup that sounded very good. The cauliflower was in the soup, but I think it would also make a nice garnish for a spinach soup, segmented into very small florets and roasted with some olive oil.

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AntoniaJames
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added over 6 years ago

I was just thinking about little bits of roasted something as a garnish, this morning! The crispy shallot idea got me started in that direction. Great idea! Am also thinking about an herb toasted pine nut (I have a recipe here for Savory Roasted Pine Nuts that I'd play with, somehow) . . . another hotline question, perhaps, as to what herbs go with both spinach and pine nuts. ;o)

Droplet
added over 6 years ago

I, personally would just glaze them. Nutmeg tends to be a pretty strong spice, and since it is already present in there, accenting with other herbs might be hard. I like the idea of using whey liquid in the soup. I have been worried about it's flavor being off if it is served warm, but will give it a try when I have some around.

amysarah
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added over 6 years ago

This might be obvious, but spinach and bacon like each other (think classic spinach salad with hot bacon dressing.) So, maybe some crumbled bacon or pancetta?

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AntoniaJames
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added over 6 years ago

Love this idea! Maybe tossed with a touch of finely chopped parsley and the tiniest drop of red wine vinegar (sort of like that recipe for creamy potato soup with bacon garnish)!! ;o)

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SeaJambon
added over 6 years ago

Or even fried parmesan cheese "pancakes" (not sure what to call them exactly, just put some cheese in a frying pan for a short period -- viola!)

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