Receta de Thomasina Miers para la sopa de patatas y alcachofas de Jerusalén

The joyful excesses of Christmas can lead to post-bacchanalian turmoil: cuánto es demasiado de algo bueno? ¿Qué tan codicioso es aceptable?, incluso en un momento en que la codicia es de rigor? Never be tempted into sudden self-denial to answer such disquietudes, aunque. Far better to comfort the soul with soothing plates of goodness; put on the radio, a record or podcast, and spend a happy time preparing simple but delicious feasts. January is not a month for abstinence, but for nourishment.

Silky-smooth, nuttily delicious, fragrant and garlicky with a crispy crumb: this is a blissful soup.

Deberes 15 min
cocinero 40 min
Sirve 4-6

3 Cucharada de aceite de oliva
35g de mantequilla
1 large onion
(about 200g), pelado y finamente picado
A few bay leaves, fresh for preference
3 sprigs fresh thyme, hojas recogidas, plus extra to serve
Sal y pimienta
3 dientes de ajo, pelado y finamente picado
500g jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed clean and cut into large chunks
2 large floury potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
1.25 litres good chicken or vegetable stock
Zest and juice of ½ lemon

For the pangrattato
100g day-old white sourdough
, crusts removed
2 Cucharada de aceite de oliva
1 garlic clove
, peeled and cut in half lengthways
2 tsp sweet smoked pimentón

Calentar el horno a 180C (160Ventilador C)/350F / gas 4. Warm the oil and butter in a medium casserole and, once sizzling, add the onion, bay and thyme, season generously and sweat gently, emocionante, for eight to 10 minutos. Agrega el ajo, cook until softened but not coloured, then tip in the artichokes and potatoes and stir to coat them in the fat. Pour in the stock, bring up to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 20-25 minutos, until the vegetables are tender.

mientras tanto, tear the bread into chunks, put these in a food processor, and pulse or blitz to crumbs. Warm the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, then fry the garlic until it’s just beginning to colour. Add the breadcrumbs and fry, stirring constantly, for about three to four minutes, hasta que esté dorado; stir in the pimentón halfway through. Remove the garlic, season generously, then transfer to a plate and stir in the lemon zest. (The crumbs get crispier as they cool.)

Blitz the soup with a hand blender until smooth, add the lemon juice, then taste and adjust the seasoning; if you prefer a looser soup, thin it down with hot water. Ladle into warmed bowls, top with a sprinkling of pangrattato and serve.

While I love this soup made with chicken stock, it will work well with vegetable stock. It’s also nice topped with crisp pancetta and grated parmesan.

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