Brussels Sprout Soup

Brussels Sprout SoupHmmm…  Brussels sprout soup. Not to everyone’s taste. Not entirely sure it’s to mine.

As I mentioned at the start of this blog, I won’t let any of my homegrown produce go to waste. I’ve had to wrestle every morsel from the jaws of ravenous creatures of all kinds. Gardening is a tough business, and you have to steel yourself to do battle with slimy monsters and obstinate vegetables.

If there are sprouts left, I’m going to eat them whether I like them or not. Actually, I do like Brussels sprouts, and I’d grown these specially to go with Christmas lunch. Delicious they were too, accompanying a traditional rib of beef (we favour beef over turkey at Christmas as mentioned in my Turkey Tikka Masala post).

However, there are only so many roast dinners you can eat, and I still had a couple of stalks of sprouts to use up. So I dug out my blender and started peeling. The problem with sprouts is that they are extremely time-consuming. Peeling sprouts is one of the most tedious jobs ever. There were moments when I felt like giving up, but no, I won’t let them win.

The little green balls were then thrown into the blender and grinded into a pulp. I melted some butter in a saucepan and gently fried a finely diced onion. Then I added the green mush, a vegetable stock cube, and some seasoning to the pan and poured on hot water. I left the murky green concoction to simmer on a low heat for about 20 mins.

The first thing about the soup that puts you off is the smell. It’s sort of like… old sprouts. The second thing that puts you off is the taste. It’s sort of like… ground-up old sprouts. Still, after the Christmas excess it’s an extremely healthy meal.

I won’t go so far as to say it was tasty, but it wasn’t unpleasant. You get a strange aftertaste, but that doesn’t last too long. I'm now searching for some different recipes to use up my homegrown sprouts. Brussels sprouts with pancetta sounds good.

Here are some of my other soup recipes you may like to try.

Proceed with caution when it comes to Jerusalem Artichoke Soup and Sorrel Soup:

Jerusalem Artichoke: Friend of Foe?
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
Tangy Sorrel Soup
Carrot and Ginger Soup
Soupe De Poisson
Courgette and Basil Soup