Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Tomato-Caper Jam

22 Feb

I am back on the soup making and eating wagon.  Right out of the gate we have a winner.  A first prize combo.  The roasted cauliflower soup was made quickly and without much thought.  I needed lunch and the head of cauliflower needed to be used, like, yesterday.  So I roasted it with onions and garlic added some chicken stock and made soup.

I love roasted cauliflower and the soup was very good, but not particularly memorable.   A spoonful of tomato-caper jam, a drizzle of Meyer Lemon olive oil and a tangle of thyme transformed the soup into something else all together.  A warm, elegant, complex and deeply satisfying lunch.  A real treat.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

2 cups stock – vegetable or chicken

Pre-heat oven to 350

Spread the cauliflower, onion and garlic on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast until golden – 20 minutes or so.  Let cool.

Put the  roasted vegetables in a blender and add a little stock, blend, adding more stock until you reach your desired consistency.

Re-heat in a pot on the stove.

This tomato-caper jam is a wonder, it really is.  It is adapted from a tomato vinaigrette recipe I found in Food & Wine years ago. The jam  packs a sweet-salty-acidic punch; accentuating roasted or grilled fish, meat and vegetables beautifully.  At once rustic and refined, it makes any good dish fantastic.

Tomato-Caper Jam 

1 shallot, finely diced

1 pint, grape tomatoes

1 lemon, zest and juice

1 tablespoon capers, drained

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

In a small skillet sauté the shallots, over medium heat, until translucent.  Add the tomatoes and reduce the heat to medium-low, cook slowly, stirring frequently.  Add lemon juice and zest, season with salt and pepper.  Cook until all of the tomatoes have burst and the sauce has thickened.  Stir in capers, taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Use on everything!  Enjoy!

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