Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Soups for Christmas Eve: Sweet Chestnut

I had not heard of Chestnut Soup until recently but it is a traditional British dish served at Christmas. It has a smooth, velvety texture and will be delicious with a glass of dry sherry – that should you in the festive spirit!

Chestnut Soup

Bag of chestnuts
1 stick celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 potato, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp Sherry or Madeira
½ pint chicken stock
small carton of cream
salt & pepper
4 rashers smoked bacon

Pierce the chestnuts with a knife and roast in a medium oven (if you don't pierce them they will explode and make a mess!). When cool, peel and chop into small pieces. Place the chestnuts, celery, onion, potato and garlic into a pan with a knob of butter and the sherry, and heat until softened. Add the chicken stock and simmer gently for 45 minutes. Add the cream and the sherry and simmer for 5 mins. Cut the bacon into strips and fry the bacon until crispy, sprinkle on top of the soup and serve.

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