8 September 2009

Serrano Ham and Cauliflower Soup

Serrano ham is a versatile Spanish ingredient and can be used in various soups from cold melon soup to something like this which is a real old fashioned "campo" (countryside dish) Made during the winter months workers would take a lump of serrano ham and carve off slices to drop into the stock and vegetables. This creates a fabulous flavour and a hearty soup fit for both the winter and as a modern day starter.

Soup Ingredients: (Serves 4 - 5)

100g Butter

300g Cauliflower florets

2 – 3 Sticks celery (chopped)

2 Large carrots (grated)

2 Large potatoes (finely chopped)

300gg Serrano ham (chopped)

1 ltr good chicken stock

Making the soup:

1. Melt the butter in a pan and fry the veg.

2. Add stock and bring to the boil slowly.

3. Fry the serrano ham for 3 - 4 minutes then add to the soup.

4. Simmer for 8 - 10 minutes.

5. Serve with toast slices dunked in the soup or fresh crusty bread ready to mop up!

Simple nutritious food with a great flavour. Enjoy!

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