It's St Patrick's Day on 17 March and if you feel like celebrating, how about cooking this delicious soup for your loved ones? The dish fits nicely into the country's national colour theme with its green hue, topped off with some cheese croutons and a shamrock pattern. A great recipe to warm you up at the end of winter!
ST PATRICK’S DAY SOUP WITH SHAMROCK CHEESE CROUTONS
Serves 4, preparation time 15 minutes, cooking time 20-25 minutes
- 60g/21⁄2oz butter
- 2 medium white onions, peeled and chopped
- 600g/1lb 5oz potatoes, peeled and chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 800ml/11⁄2pt vegetable or chicken stock
- 240g/81⁄2oz sorrel leaves, shredded (if you can’t find sorrel leaves, rocket works just as well)
- Single cream or natural yoghurt, to serve For the cheese croutons
- 2 slices thick wholemeal bread
- Olive oil or melted butter
- 100g/4oz grated Irish cheddar cheese
Try cooking this comforting homemade soup
Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and potatoes and cook gently, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a pinch of salt and a good grinding of pepper. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
Add the sorrel leaves and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender, blitz until smooth (you may have to do this in batches) and return to a clean pan.
To make the cheese croutons, first preheat the grill. Cut small shamrock shapes from the bread and brush lightly with olive oil or melted butter.
Place the croutons on a tray and toast under the grill until golden. Turn them over, sprinkle with the grated cheese and grill until the cheese has melted.
Meanwhile, reheat the soup until piping hot. Ladle it into warmed bowls, swirl single cream or natural yoghurt in a shamrock shape on top and sprinkle over the croutons to serve.