The Recipe: Dutch Farmer's Cheese Soup
Original Recipe Found In: Bon Appetit Tastes of the World Cookbook
What You'll Need:
1/4 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Pounds Russett Potatoes, Peeled, Diced
1 1 1/2 Pound Cauliflower, Trimmed, Cut Into Florets
1 Pound Carrots, Peeled, Sliced
1 Large Onion, Chopped
4 Cups Canned Vegetable Broth
6 1-Inch-Thick French Bread Slices
12 Ounces Gouda Cheese, Wax Removed, Cheese Sliced
2007's Trip To Europe - The Netherlands Edition
Begin by peeling the potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower and chopping them into smaller sections. Roughly chopping the vegetables is okay here. Next, chop the onion either by hand or with a food processor (no watery eyes that way).
Next, begin to melt the butter in a heavy, large, oven safe Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the vegetables and saute until the onion is golden brown, about seven minutes. Next, add four cups of the vegetable broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until vegetables are tender, about thirty minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Finally, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Slice french bread loaf into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections and place the slices on top of the soup. Place cheese slices over the bread until each slice is completely covered. Place the Dutch oven in (actual) oven and cook until the cheese is melted, about five minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!
The end results was a delicious, almost rustic dish that burst with amazing natural flavors. Sometimes, people are a little too eager to hide veggies under multiple layers of flavorings and spices. It's easy to forget that yes, veggies have their own flavor too - and in most cases (with the exception of broccoli - which is nasty and poisonous!) taste great! This one is worth a shot for those who follow along at home - simply to be reminded of the great, natural flavors out there. (Although, I'm not sure what makes this recipe Dutch? The gouda?)
That's all we have for you this week. Here's hoping everyone has a very happy, safe and enjoyable holiday. Safe travels, and may all of your family reach you safely. (As an aside, here's hoping the snowstorm bearing down on us is only going to be the 3 to 5 inches predicted and not anything worse!) Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of our great readers and your families! We're back on Monday, December 27th with another full week of recipes - so be ready to come back from Christmas and get cooking again! Until then,