Parsnip and apple soup with crisp Brussels sprouts

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 300 gm gala apples (about 2 small), peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 sebago potato (about 200gm), coarsely chopped
  • 3 large parsnips (about 500gm), coarsely chopped, fibrous cores removed
  • 800 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp coarsely torn oregano
  • 150 ml pouring cream
  • 1/3 baguette, thinly sliced
  • 350 gm Brussels sprouts (about 16), trimmed, outer leaves discarded
  • 40 gm butter, melted
  • To serve: finely shaved parmesan
01   Heat butter and 1 tbsp oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add onion and garlic and stir occasionally until onion softens and starts to caramelise (10 minutes). Add apple, potato and parsnip and stir to combine, then add stock and oregano, season to taste and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until potato and parsnip are tender (15-20 minutes). Blend with a hand-held blender, then add cream, stir to combine and season to taste.
02   Preheat oven to 180C. Place baguette slices on an oven tray, brush with butter and bake, turning once, until golden (5-8 minutes).
03   Meanwhile, separate the Brussels sprouts leaves, quarter the hearts and stand in a bowl of cold water to crisp (5 minutes). Drain well, and pat dry with a tea towel. Heat remaining oil in a frying pan, add sprout hearts and fry, turning occasionally, until golden (2-3 minutes), then set aside on a plate and keep warm. Add Brussels sprout leaves to pan and fry until just starting to soften (30 seconds-1 minute).
04   Ladle soup into bowls, scatter with baguette croûtons, Brussels sprouts and parmesan, drizzle with extra oil and serve hot.
Note This recipe makes 1.5 litres of soup.

This recipe is from the May 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

CHRIS COURT

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY

Drinking Suggestion:

FARMHOUSE CLOUDY SCRUMPY CIDER. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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