Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sort of Scottish Creamed Vegetable Soup #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: One of my favorite things about traveling is the chance to try local specialties. On our dreamy trip to Scotland this summer, we weren't sure what food to expect. Probably the most common item on the menu was fish and chips with smashed peas.

But I doubt I'll try making that dish at home.

But there was almost always a wonderful-sounding soup on the menu, usually some kind of cream of vegetable. Served with scones, which I'll bring to you on another day...

This I could make! Here's my easy version of sort-of Scottish creamed vegetable soup.


One large leek, white and light green parts 
One onion
One clove garlic
2 tablespoons butter
Two stalks of celery 
One large turnip
Two medium potatoes
One celeriac root
One box good quality chicken stock
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 cup milk or to taste

Clean the leek well so you don't get grit in your dinner. Chop the leek, the onion, the celery, and the garlic, and sauté these in melted butter on low heat until soft.  Add the chicken broth. 

Add the remainder of the vegetables and simmer until soft. I simmered the celeriac for ten minutes before adding potatoes and turnip because it felt firmer when I cut it. 

When the vegetables are soft, stir in the pepper. Using an immersion blender, blend the vegetable mixture until smooth. Add milk to your preferred thickness. 

Taste for seasoning and serve with cheese scones and a salad. This was so yummy with a deep but light celery flavor. (It's so hard to take a good photo of soup!)

Look out for Hayley Snow visiting Scotland in a future installment--it was too wonderful not to use...

Lucy Burdette writes the Key West food critic mystery series, featuring fiesty food critic Hayley Snow. Number 9, A DEADLY FEAST, is in stores and online everywhere. THE KEY LIME CRIME will be published next summer. 

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  1. Oh, that does sound good
    I look forward to the cheese scone recipe to go with it.

  2. This looks like a delicious soup, perfect for cold weather, and really easy to make. Thanks!

  3. Karen Halsey This soup looks awesome. Perfect on a snowy day. Thanks for sharing.