Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese Fritters

Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese Fritters

4
Chef John 15772

"Sometimes an idea for a recipe pops into my head and even before I make it, I have a pretty good idea on what the results will be like. To say I was happy with the results would be a serious understatement. Soup is comforting, soothing, soul-warming – not something that chefs normally day-dream about. This soup was a different story. It may be the single greatest soup I have every made."

Ingredients 1 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 402 cals

Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 4 servings

Adjust

Nutrition

Amount per serving ({{servings}} total)

  • Calories:
  • 402 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 34 g
  • 52%
  • Carbs:
  • 18g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 9.4 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 115 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium:
  • 694 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

On Sale

What's on sale near you.

Directions

  • Prep

  • Cook

  • Ready In

  1. Stir 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons butter, and salt together in a pot; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and whisk flour into butter mixture until a paste-like dough forms, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer dough to a bowl to cool, 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk egg into cooled dough until completely incorporated. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pot over medium-low heat. Cook and stir onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt in hot butter until onion is soft and translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add cauliflower, 2 cups water, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until cauliflower is tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Puree soup using an immersion/stick blender until smooth. Stir cream, nutmeg, cayenne, and a pinch of salt into soup. Reduce heat to low to keep soup warm while making the fritters.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Fold crumbled blue cheese into chilled fritter batter until cheese is coated with dough. Spoon dough into a teaspoon and transfer to a second teaspoon to form a fritter. Drop fritters into oil and cook in the preheated oil until the outside is golden brown and cheese is melted on the inside, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with fritters and chives.
Tips & Tricks
Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

A green salad gets dressed up with sliced pears, candied pecans, and blue cheese.

American French Onion Soup

See how to make French onion soup with a few delicious American twists.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can substitute water for the chicken stock for a vegetarian version of the soup.
  • To puree the soup using a blender, pour cauliflower mixture into a blender no more than half full. Cover and hold lid down; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend. Puree in batches until smooth.
Rate recipe

Your rating

{{ratingWords}}
Cancel
Submit

Reviews 4

  1. 6 Ratings

  2.  
  3.  
  4.  
  5.  
  6.  
Ashley Sebring
9/28/2014

I only made the soup - I was looking to use up some cauliflower. The soup was really good. I topped it off with some crumbled bacon and some parmesan cheese, which was delicious. Next time, I'll try it with the fritters.

honeynmick
12/22/2014

Chef John is amazing! I always try his recipes because, just plain fact, they are always the best! Followed this recipe to the letter and it was exquisite. My husband, who is not crazy for cauliflower, asked for seconds. He said it was the best soup I've ever made. Thank you, Chef John, for making me a heroine in my own dining room!

jennifermo
11/23/2014

Loved it! Chef John does it again!!