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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Meatless Friday: deux

Cleaned out the vegetable bin last night for the second week of Lent.  Meatless Friday.
Roasted Vegetable Soup;  Roasted parsnips, onions, garlic, celery, roma tomatoes, and peppers with olive oil, salt & pepper.  Simmered them in vegetable stock until very tender,  pureed to a smooth consistency, and finished with a touch of cream for texture.

Topped the soup with fried brussel sprout leaves,  a good balsamic reduction., a drizzle of olive oil, and a julienne of basil.  Crunchy, sweet, fresh,  and tart.
To the side, grilled shrimp remoulade lettuce cups.

This soup was so velevty and light.  I really exptected a texture and density similar to butternut squash soup, but was surprized how light it was.  The fried brussel sprouts were earthy and sweet, the reduced balsamic gave a bright sweetness, the olive oil a soft mouthfeel, and the aromatic basil gave a needed freshness.

The shrimp remoulade provided a crisp cool foil to all the earthy flavors of the soup.

No meat?  No worries.

At 12:05, I had a slice of  cold pepperoni pizza.  All is good.

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