Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's For Dinner Wednesday: Cheesy Cauliflower Chowder

{Cheesy Cauliflower Chowder}


It's the first day of October, so of course, we are having soup for dinner.  That is if I can make it delicious enough for even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy...

*cough -husband- *cough

This is an amazing recipe full of robust flavor and creamy warmth.  Perfect for a long, cool night in-front of the TV, watching the Giants in post season baseball!

{Ingredients}

Olive Oil to coat bottom of pan
1 head cauliflower, chopped into smaller pieces
1 whole onion, minced
1 large carrot, minced
1 stalk celery, minced
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried basil

1 box chicken stock
1 cube chicken bullion

2 TBS butter
2 TBS flour (white or wheat)
2 C cheddar cheese, divided into 1 1/2 C and 1/2 C
2 C milk
1 head roasted garlic*

{Directions}

*Cut bottom off garlic head exposing the cloves, wrap in foil and bake at 350 for 40 min or so until garlic is fragrant and soft - you can do this while you are preparing the rest of the chowder.

In large stock pot drizzle enough olive oil to coat bottom of pan, heat on medium heat.  Add all veggies and spices and cook until veggies are get some color and soften a little.

Add chicken stock and bullion cube and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to simmer, covered for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in medium stock pot over medium heat.  Melt butter, whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring.  Then whisk in milk a little at a time.  Heat until mixture starts to thicken.  Turn heat down to low and stir in cheese and roasted garlic cloves.

Remove large pan of veggies and stock from heat. Use a potato masher or immersion blender and mash/blend the veggies into smaller bits (the smoother the better).

Return pan to low heat, stir in milk/cheese/garlic mixture until it comes to a simmer and is fully incorporated.

Serve with extra cheese, green onions, croutons and/or crispy bacon bits.



{Quotes to Cook By}

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” 
― Rainbow RowellAttachments

“There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir: We must rise and follow her, When from every hill of flame She calls, and calls each vagabond by name.” 
― William Bliss

“After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth...The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.” 
― Elizabeth George SpeareThe Witch of Blackbird Pond

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