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Sep 12 / JW

Celeriac & Fennel Soup with Crispy Shallots


It’s fennel season here in Sydney, and what better way to showcase it than with a soup.The mild, slightly salty celeriac goes perfectly with the slight sweetness of the fennel. It couldn’t be easier, this soup is done in about 20 minutes, so here goes!

Core and trim your fennel, retaining the fronds for garnish, and chop into smallish chunks. Do the same for the celeriac.

Add some olive oil to a saucepan and add fennel to gently caramalize for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Next add your celeriac and stock, and cover for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft and blendable.

While soup is cooking, thinly slice a shallot into rings, and cover lightly with cornflour(corn starch). Shallow fry in a pan until golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside on some kitchen paper while you finish the soup.

Using a stick blender, blend the soup until smooth. If you want it really smooth, then you can strain it after blending, but I’m not that fussed about it. Taste for seasoning. If you want to add a bit of richness, you can add a small nob of butter.

Serve topped with fennel fronds and the crispy shallots. Enjoy!


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