Here's a nice alternative to cream of potato soup using roasted cauliflower which has become one of my favorite vegetables. Roasted garlic and some cheese really boost the flavor of this one. —inpatskitchen
about 6 servings and doubles easily
nice size head cauliflower, broken into 1 to 2 inch florets
extra virgin olive oil plus 2 more tablespoons
Salt and pepper for seasoning the cauliflower
whole cloves garlic, skins left on
medium leek, cleaned and diced
chicken or vegetable broth
half and half
cups shredded cheese ( I used 1 1/2 cups Kasseri and 1/2 cup Parmesan but use whatever you like....Fontina, Jack Cheddar etc.)
Spread the cauliflower florets on a large rimmed baking sheet, sprinkle 1/4 cup oil over, add a generous amount of salt and pepper and toss.
Place the garlic cloves in a corner of the baking sheet and pour the 2 tablespoons of oil over.
Roast the cauliflower and garlic in a 425F oven for 30 to 35 minutes until it lightly browns around the edges. At about the 15 minute mark, turn the florets with a spatula. remove from the oven.
In a Dutch oven or soup pot, gently saute the leek in the butter until it softens. Add the cauliflower and squeeze the garlic out of its skin into the pot.
Add the chicken broth, bring up to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
Cool the soup to almost room temperature and then, in batches, puree the soup in a blender and return to the pot.
Bring the pureed soup just up to a simmer, stir in the half and half completely and then slowly stir in the cheese a little at a time until it melts. Garnish each bowl with a little parsley and croutons. Soup's on!!
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!