RECIPE TITLE "Chestnut and Celery Soup Recipe"
Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Bistro,
courtesy of Cooking.com
Serves 6-8 ---
During the winter months, hot roasted chestnuts are often sold by vendors on the boulevards of Paris. The meaty nut is a popular ingredient in bistros around France, either fresh or as a canned purée. This rich soup -- combining chestnut purée with celery, potato and cream -- is a popular first course for Christmastime luncheons and New Year’s celebrations.
2 cups prepared unsweetened chestnut puree or 1 1/2 lb fresh chestnuts
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 white onions, chopped
3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 large russet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
6 cups chicken stock
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
Other necessary recipes:
If you are using prepared chestnut purée, set aside. If you are using fresh chestnuts, preheat an oven to 400 degrees F. Using a sharp knife, cut an X on the flat side of each chestnut. Spread the chestnuts in a shallow pan and roast until the nuts feel tender when pressed and the shells have curled where cut, 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and, using a small, sharp knife, remove the shells and the furry skin directly under them. (The nuts peel easiest when still warm.) Set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Add the chestnut purée or roasted chestnuts, potato, chicken stock and cream, stir well and bring to a boil. Add the salt and white pepper, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the soup thickens slightly, about 1 hour.
Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
Return the soup to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Ladle into warmed bowls and serve immediately.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
| Nutrition Facts
Facts per Serving
Calories: 2729 Fat: 298g Carbohydrates: 16g
Cholesterol: 827mg Sodium: 1079mg Protein: 10g
Fiber: 3g % Cal. from Fat: 98% % Cal. from Carbs: 2%
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