Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Celery soup isn't too complicated. And celery itself isn't all that flavorful. I wanted my soup to have a little more weight while still retaining a nice celery taste that's where the bacon comes in. Besides, I ♥ bacon☺
I know we all do it - buy celery for this reason or that and then those poor, left-over stalks sit in the fridge until they are all limp and slimy. About that time they make it into the trash for a proper burial. This recipe will give our neglected celery something to do and keep us from hitting ourselves over the head for wasting food - yet again.
I cooked the bacon in our soup pot, leaving the fat behind to sauté our celery and onion. Then I crumbled the cooked bacon on top at the end. It adds a nice, salty depth of flavor that I love, but of course if you are a vegetarian or just want a simpler soup, you could leave it out.
4 strips bacon
1 tablespoon butter
5 cups (loosely packed) chopped celery, stalks and tops
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 medium baking potato, peeled and cubed
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
2 cups whole milk
salt and pepper
Lay the bacon in the bottom of a large stock pot or dutch oven. Cook over low heat for about 15 or 20 minutes, until crisp (cooking time will depend on how thick your bacon is). Remove and set aside on paper towels.
Add butter to the pot, increase the heat slightly, and add celery, onion, garlic, and thyme. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.
Add the potato, stock, and milk to the pot and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the milk from forming a film, until potato is very soft.
Purée the soup with food processor or blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with cooked bacon crumbled on top. YUM!
I found this little hint and thought - Why in the world didn't I think of that! I can't tell you how many times I've grabbed glue and couldn't get the cap off. I don't consider myself a wimp but there are times when I need a little help with opening and twisting! The dogs and cats don't have opposable thumbs so I am pretty much on my own☺ But, lookie-lookie, grab your nut cracker and you are off to the races gluing and smiling☺