Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cauliflower Soup and Burger Bun Biscuits!

It's "fall" in Texas, which means a chilly 95 degrees outside, woo! I still really wanted to make soup, darn it, and pretend it was nice weather, and I came across this delicious and easy recipe for cauliflower soup. It's also pretty healthy, so you really can't beat it!! We eat mashed cauliflower fairly regularly, so this was a great way to change up our routine. 

I also knew it wasn't enough to just eat cauliflower soup, so I decided to make turkey burgers - but alas! I was out of buns!! What to do?! I thought I'd make them, but was out of yeast, too! So I searched for yeast-free bread and came across this recipe for what looked like a focaccia bread loaf - frankly, it's a giant biscuit. An incredibly dense, tasty, easy-to-make biscuit. Our biscuit burgers were yummy, darn it!!

Cauliflower Soup Ingredients

I made a half recipe because I only had half a cauliflower head! The ingredients below are for the whole recipe which should serve 4-6.
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. olive oil
1 leek, white + light green part only
1 small onion
1 small cauliflower
salt and pepper

How To

In a large, heavy bottom pot warm the butter and olive oil over moderate heat.
Remove the large stem from the cauliflower, and thinly slice into rounds. Cut the rest into florets and toss together to combine.
Thinly slice the leek and onion, and add to the pot. Saute for about 3-5 minutes or until soft.
Add ¾'s of the cauliflower, reserving some to add towards the end of cooking. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes.
Add enough water to cover (about 4 cups) and place the lid on the pot. Bring to a gentle boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 45 minutes.
Add the reserved cauliflower and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until tender.
Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender (or use an immersion blender). Add more water if it's too thick. Taste and adjust seasoning.

No-Yeast Bread Ingredients

Again, we made a half recipe so our loaf was a little small! The ingredients below are for the full-sized loaf.
3 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1⁄2 cups any liquid (rice milk, regular milk, water, etc. - I used milk)
1⁄4 cup liquid fat (i.e. melted milk free margarine, vegetable oil, olive oil)
Seasoning if desired (I used Italian seasoning, coated the whole loaf in olive oil and salt before baking)

How To

Mix dry ingredients.
Do not sift the flour!
Mix liquids and add to dry.
Stir until there is no more dry flour.
The dough should be moist but not sticky.
Shape into a ball or an oval, with oiled hands.
Place on clean baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes at 400°F.

Serve with a yummy turkey burger patty, and preferably a cocktail!! 

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