Tacohuaco

Cauliflower cream soup

Ingredients

Yields 2 portions

  • 1 full head cauliflower
  • 3¬†cloves of¬†garlic
  • 1 medium¬†onion
  • 2¬†sprigs of¬†parsley
  • ¬Ĺ l of¬†homemade or¬†low-sodium canned chicken¬†broth
  • 2 limes zest and¬†juice
  • 1¬†pinch of¬†ground¬†cinnamon
  • 1¬†pinch of¬†ground¬†cumin
  • 1¬†pinch of¬†curry¬†powder
  • olive¬†oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black¬†pepper
  • dried¬†jalape√Īos

You will need

  • blender or¬†food¬†processor
  • oven

Directions

Before you start: unfreeze chicken stock if frozen.

  1. Preheat oven to¬†200‚ÄĮ¬įC. Line a¬†baking sheet with parchment¬†paper.
  2. Prepare the vegetables. Cauliflower: separate florets from the root, remove green leaves from the root and discard the leaves, halve the root. Garlic: peel. Onion: dice. Parsley: finely chop.
  3. Distribute the¬†cauliflower and¬†garlic on¬†the¬†baking sheet. Grease using olive oil, and¬†season with salt, black pepper, and¬†a¬†sprinkle of¬†dried¬†jalape√Īos.
  4. Roast for about 15 minutes, toss and roast for another 15 minutes until the cauliflower is soft and charred a bit. Remove from the oven, and cool down.
  5. While the cauliflower is cooling, put a large pot over medium-high heat with a bit of olive oil.
  6. Add the onion to the pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, about 4 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken stock to the pot.
  8. Add the lime zest, cinnamon, and curry to the pot, and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  9. Transfer cauliflower (except the smallest florets) and garlic to the pot. Add enough water to barely cover the cauliflower and bring to a simmer.
  10. Puree the soup using a blender until completely smooth. Add lime juice and more stock or water to achieve desired consistency.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Serve topped with the¬†rest of¬†cauliflower florets, parsley and¬†ground dried¬†jalape√Īos.

Notes & tips

The easiest way to peel garlic is to smash it: put a clove of garlic on a cutting board, put your chef’s knife on top of it so the blade side lays on the clove, and hit the side of the knife with your hand. Now you could peel the clove.