"S" named for Prince Albert
Mar. 22, 2012 3:23 pm
Updated: Mar. 24, 2012 6:57 pm
Saxe-Coburg Soup... I had to do some research, as I had never heard the "term." Saxe-Coburg is a part of Germany (if I'm understanding what I read correctly,) named after the Duke's who owned the land. Prince Albert was a descendant, who stepped down
from taking his rightful place, when he married Queen Victoria, so his younger brother (or cousin?) took the "seat," as it were. Anyway, Prince Albert loved Brussels Sprouts... On to the recipe!
1 oz butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
4 C chicken stock
1 T sugar
1 lb Brussels Sprouts (or one 10 pkg frozen)
1 & 1/2 C light cream
2 ozs ham, finely chopped
1/2 C sherry
Salt/black pepper to taste
Cook onion in butter, in a large saucepan, until soft, but not brown. Add the potatoes, stock, sugar, and Brussels sprouts (fresh require trimming stems, and removing outer leaves.)
Bring soup to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
Remove soup and puree (I let it cool a bit.)
Return to saucepan over med/low heat (do not boil.) Add cream and sherry, mixing well until heated through. Adjust salt/pepper and serve hot, or chill for several hours, to serve cold.
It MUST have been the sherry that gave this the underlying flavor that I simply couldn't put my finger on! I used freshly cracked black pepper (coarse grind) and kosher salt. I'd suggest trying white pepper, actually, as I think the more subtle flavor would
suit this soup better.
A note in the cookbook states, that even folk who "hate" sprouts, will be surprised, as to the flavor of this recipe. I happen to like them, but honestly wouldn't have known they were an ingredient, if I hadn't but the darn things in the pot MYSELF!
For me, this one's a keeper, though I'd like to test it without the sherry, to see just what a difference that would make, and as a good friend who loves soup of (almost) any sort, is allergic to sherry - literally, it makes her sick! Go figure?
So, T thru Z are yet to come!
Be happy, be healthy, cook crazy!