Celeriac Soup with Parsley Oil and Lancashire Cheese Toasts

February 19, 2008


I’m making a lot of soups at the moment, partly because it’s winter and I need comfort food and partly because I seem to end up with a lot of odds and sods that need using up. The tangy cheese is a great foil here for the creamy soup. I added a little leftover Gruyere to mine too.

A quick look on Wikipedia tells me that the celeriac ‘can last three to four months if stored between 0° and 5° C and if not allowed to dry out’ – can you believe that?! What a trooper! I can imagine it now, every time the fridge is opened the celeriac is still sitting there, unblemished by time, begging to be eaten – until someone says, ‘we really should be doing something with that knobbly thing in the fridge’.

Celeriac Soup with Parsley Oil and Lancashire Cheese Toasts Recipe

(Serves 4)

1 smallish celeriac
2 small carrots
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
2 pints good quality vegetable stock
3-4 tablespoons single cream
1 bay leaf
Olive oil
A knob of butter
Salt and pepper

For the Oil

1 small bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
Olive oil, extra virgin or not is up to you (I wouldn’t be tempted to use very-strong flavoured extra virgin here, it will overpower the parsley too much)

For the toasts

8 slices baguette or similar bread, cut on a slight diagonal
Grated Lancashire cheese

Chop the celeriac and carrots into cubes and roughly dice the onion. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the butter to a pan and gently cook the veggies until they just start to colour. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more.

Add the stock, bay leaf and some seasoning, give everything a good stir and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, put a lid on and simmer for around 20 minutes until the veggies are soft.

Meanwhile, make the parsley oil by chopping the parsley and adding enough oil to make it into a loose sauce.

Lightly toast the bread on one side, then turn over, add the cheese and toast again until golden and bubbling.

Remove the bay leaf from the soup and puree until smooth. Add 3-4 tablespoons of single cream, check the seasoning, ladle into bowls and drizzle the parsley oil on top. Serve with the Lancashire toasts.

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    Reply Claire February 19, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks so much for submitting this to the Root Source Challenge – the soup looks delicious. Good luck!

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    Reply Annemarie February 19, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I really love celeriac in soup, and am very much craving those lancashire toasties now…

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    Reply Peter February 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the Foodbuzz friend request!

    You blog is looking sharp and this soup screams winter-time comfort.

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    Reply Marie February 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Great looking soup! I make a really nice Celeriac, Apple and Stilton soup. I really love the flavour of celeriac. It makes a wonderful Dauphinois as well. Thanks so much for your Foodbuzz friend request by the way! Happy to know you!

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    Reply JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen February 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I have never been one for Celeriac or anything celery related for that matter! But this looks just awesome, especially with those divine cheese toasties! YUM!

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    Reply Helen February 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Claire – No, thank you for choosing my soup as the featured recipe! I look forward to receving the cookbook.
    AnneMarie – There’s nothing quite like a posh bit of cheese on toast is there?
    Peter – I’m just getting into the whole FoodBuzz thing so I’ll see you there. Thank you for the complement on the soup.
    Marie – That soup sounds delicious! Is it on your blog? I’d love to try it.
    Jenn – I really hope you try it, let me know what you think if you do.

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    Reply aforkfulofspaghetti February 22, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Ah, now that’s my kind of soup. Celeriac can be absolutely stunning when in season, and when used in a way that really complements its natural flavours. I imagine the parsley oil goes particularly well – and who could refuse those toasts? 😉

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