Friday, October 10, 2014

Cauliflower Chowder from Damn Delicious

Cauliflower Chowder from Damn Delicious

I had a different post in mind for today, but I made this Cauliflower Chowder recipe from Damn Delicious last night and it was so good that I had to share it! This creamy soup is healthy, full of vegetables, and tastes great with a sprinkle of bacon on top. What's not to love?

What You'll Need:
4 (or more) slices of bacon, diced
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
2-3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 cup GF All Purpose Flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup 2% milk
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp chopped parsley for garnish

Directions:
  1. Cook the bacon until crisp. Allow it to drain on a paper towel while you prepare the chowder. 
  2. In a large dutch oven or pot, heat the butter over medium heat, adding in the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the veggies start to get soft. 
  3. Add the cauliflower to the pot and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the flour into the pot and stir until browned. You're making a bit of a roux here. 
  5. Add the chicken broth and milk, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to thicken slightly.
  6. Bring the chowder to a boil, then simmer on low to medium heat for about 15 minutes. 
  7. When the cauliflower is tender, you'll know the soup is done. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then top with crumbled bacon and a sprig of fresh parsley.
Note: You can always add a bit more milk or chicken broth to the chowder if it gets too think. Additionally, if you'd prefer a smoother consistency, you can run an immersion blender through the chowder, blending in some of the larger vegetable pieces.  

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