AT A GLANCE
The soup and garlic butter can be made a day ahead, so this is a fantastic midweek winter meal. Leftover garlic butter will keep refrigerated for two weeks. If you like your soup thinner, add extra stock.
|01||Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, leek and garlic and stir occasionally until tender (7-10 minutes). Add cauliflower, stir to coat in butter, add stock and simmer until very tender (40-45 minutes). Add milk, bring to the simmer, then purée in a blender until very smooth. Stir in Gruyère, crème fraîche and mustard, season to taste and keep warm.|
|02||Meanwhile, for garlic toast, preheat grill to high. Process butter, parmesan, garlic and herbs in a food processor until smooth and season to taste. Place baguette slices on a baking tray, drizzle with oil, season to taste and grill, turning once, until golden (1-2 minutes). Spread with garlic butter and serve hot with cauliflower soup.|
FULL-BODIED CHARDONNAY. , suggested by MAX ALLEN