The countdown is on with only 7 days left until Christmas Eve and I am so excited to spend the time with my family where we will all get to sit around wining and dining and hopping ball off each other and making precious memories.
I am on charge of starters this year and some of the dinner prep but then I will be kindly escorted out of the kitchen by my Mamma Chef to allow her to apply her fairy dust over the entire feast and rightly so I’ll have bubbly to get down the hatch!
Below is my beautiful recipe for the perfect Christmas starter, garlic truffle and potato soup, which takes about 45 minutes to cook between prep and cooking which can be served with fresh garlic sourdough and will be loved by everyone on Christmas Day and it’s vegan friendly.
What you need:
•1 tsp. olive oil•bunch thyme
•2 bay leaves
•1 onion, chopped
•2 garlic cloves, chopped
•1 celery (2.2lbs./1kg), peeled and chopped
•1 potato (7oz./200g), chopped
•1l vegetable stock
•3.3 oz. (100ml) dairy free cream or ordinary cream (up to you)
•⅓ cup (50g) hazelnuts, roughly chopped
•2 tbsp. truffle oil
What to do:
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over low heat. Tie the thyme sprigs and bay leaves together with a piece of string and add them to the pan with the onion and a pinch of salt.
Cook the onion for about 10 minutes until softened.
Add in the garlic and cook for another minute, then add the celery and potato. Stir well and season to taste with salt and white pepper.
Next, pour in the stock, bring to the boil, lower the heat and then simmer for around 30 minutes until the vegetables soft.
Remove the herbs, then stir in the cream. Remove from the heat and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Stir through ½ tbsp. truffle oil at a time and taste for seasoning – the strength of the oil will vary, so it’s better to start with less oil and add a little at a time.
Reheat the soup until hot if necessary. Serve in bowls topped with the hazelnuts, freshly ground black pepper and an extra drizzle of truffle oil.