Brrr! It's cold. You know it's cold here when it's colder than my in-laws house in Italy. But it's not nearly as cold as where I have family in Ohio (-10!) -or where my friends are in Atlanta and NYC. So for this cold day we have a family favorite soup!! Paprika Cauliflower Soup (karfiol leves). This is the one soup that I could make any day and my son would be thrilled!
Actually I've been making a lot of soups recently. Even if we had the hottest December on record for years, soups were still in order!This is a soup that my Hungarian mom makes often and so does her sister Aniko. But if you ask Aniko how to make the soup and ask my mom how to make the soup, you will get 2 slightly different versions. They are both delicious soups because I've had both of their soups. Truly delicious!
I called Aniko recently to get some tips on making the soup and didn't realize it was so different than the way my mom makes it. She prefers to have the cauliflower very soft. My mom claims they are overcooked and 'too mushy' the way her sister makes it. My aunt claims my mom's cauliflower is 'too raw' and 'very crunch'...not the REAL way to make this Hungarian soup (keep in mind that this is all told to me with a very, very heavy Hungarian accent).
There is one thing both my kids totally adore and that's my mom's spaetzle...they are so good! She makes them with her chicken paprikas and other Hungarian dishes. I really love it in her soups. I impressed my mom with my cauliflower soup but I did beg her to make her spaetzle...and trust me, she was happy I did! Because I according to her, there is no way I could make them like her! And let me tell you, you do not want to get into an argument with a Hungarian chef;)
So on a future post, I will share her recipe and photos. For now I am sharing the Saveur recipe, which she said is fine!
For my friends that are in subzero temps...stay warm and keep safe! For my friends that are craving a great bowl of soup, you have to make this! It's vegetarian...it could even be vegan if you omit the sour cream you add on at end (or use vegan sour cream)and use margarine instead of butter. It is a really simple soup to make. If you don't want to be daring and attempt the dumplings, use your favorite noodles instead-still will be fabulous!
Happy first week of January! Thanks for stopping by!
Paprika Cauliflower Soup - Karfiol Leves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: approx 25 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1/3 cup flour
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ tbsp. Hungarian hot paprika
- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 small head cauliflower, large stem removed, cut into florets
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 celery, finely chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, stemmed and finely chopped
Make the dumplings: In a bowl, stir together flour and salt; add 2 tbsp. butter, and using your fingers, rub into flour until pea-size crumbles form. Add egg, and stir until dough forms; refrigerate until ready to use.
Heat remaining butter in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; add paprika and onion, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add vegetable stock, cauliflower, carrot and celery; season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
Using a ½-tsp. measuring spoon, portion out and drop all dumpling dough into simmering soup; cook, stirring occasionally, until dumplings are cooked through, about 3 minutes.
Ladle soup and dumplings into 4 serving bowls; garnish with sour cream and parsley.