|Zefa Fino Fennel|
Also, happily, our fennel harvest and our first fall potato harvest happen to fall on the same week! Pats on the back all around.
POTATO AND FENNEL SOUP
from River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
1 Tablespoon canola or olive oil
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 large fennel bulbs, trimmed and chopped (feathery fronds saved, if they look good)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
about 3 cups chicken, fish or vegetable stock
6 Tablespoons heavy cream or creme fraiche (optional)
Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan and add the onion, celery, garlic, and fennel, plus a good pinch of salt. Stir well, then cover and cook gently for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the potatoes and stock, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
Puree the soup in a blender or food processor and return to the pan (or use an immersion blender in the pan). Add a little more stock or water if it seems too thick. Stir in the cream, if you're using it, then season to taste. Reheat gently before serving, or chill and serve cold.
This is delicious with any of the following toppings:
- The feathery fronds from the fennel, finely snipped and stirred into a little yogurt.
- Croutons or coarse breadcrumbs fried in garlicky oil.
- Crumbled fresh goat cheese.
- Flakes of cooked smoked pollock* or trout, or snippets of smoked salmon.
*I'm not familiar with this; a British fish? Any relation to Jackson?