Silky celeriac soup with smoked haddock
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 6
- 50g unsalted butter
- 1 onion , chopped
- 1 leek , finely chopped
- 1 garlic bulb, cut through the middle
- few thyme sprigs, plus extra to serve
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 celeriac , peeled and diced
- 2 medium potatoes , diced
- 1l chicken stock
- 500ml milk
- 2 fillets natural smoked haddock
- 500ml double cream
- STEP 1
Heat the 50g of butter in a large saucepan until foaming, then lower the heat a little. Sweat the onion and leek with the clove of garlic, a few sprigs of thyme and 2 bay leaves. Add the celeriac and the 2 potatoes and cook for 10 mins more, stirring frequently so the vegetables don’t stick to the pan. Pour over the litre of stock to just about cover, bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 20 mins.
- STEP 2
Meanwhile, in a deep frying pan bring the 500ml of milk and remaining bay leaves to the boil. Lower to a very gentle simmer, slide in the 2 haddock fillets and cover with baking paper. Cook for 3-4 mins until the fish flakes easily. Remove the fish from the milk and flake into a bowl; cover to keep warm.
- STEP 3
When the celeriac is tender, pour in the 500ml of cream, bring back to the boil and remove from the heat. Remove the garlic and herb stalks, then blitz until silky smooth using a stick blender. If you want to freeze the soup, stir through the fish at this point. Serve scattered with the flaked haddock and thyme leaves.