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SMOKED BACON, LEEK & BUTTER BEAN SOUP

SMOKED BACON, LEEK & BUTTER BEAN SOUP

Delicious Magazine refer to this dish as a chowder. However the term chowder can be very loosely associated with this dish, as pointed out by my step dad, stating it can’t be a chowder due to the lack of fish. Therefore to gain approval it will be known as a soup.

This is a perfect dish for the time of the year. If you’d prefer a vegetarian option, substitute the smoked bacon with toasted hazelnuts.

Ingredients:

  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 350g Leeks (Thickly Sliced)
  • 200g Smoked Bacon Lardons
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion (Finely Chopped)
  • 1 Litre Milk (Full Fat/ Semi Skimmed)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 200ml Chicken Stock
  • 2 x 400g Cans Butter Beans (Rinsed & Drained)
  • 100ml Single Cream
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Parsley

Method:

  1. Melt half the butter in a large pan. Add the sliced leeks, stir well to coat with butter and season lightly. Cover and cook gently for 3 minutes until just tender and still bright green. Tip the leeks into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Return the pan to a medium heat, add the bacon lardons and oil, then fry gently until the lardons have released some of their fat. Increase the heat to high and fry a little more briskly until lightly golden. Add the rest of the butter and the onion to the pan, cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes until the onion is soft but not browned. 
  3. Meanwhile, gently heat the milk and bay leaves together in a separate pan.
  4. Stir the flour into the bacon and onions, then cook for 1 minute. Gradually stir in the stock, then stir in the warm milk and bring almost to the boil. Add the butter beans and season to taste, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove and discard the bay leaves, stir in the leeks and cream, then bring back to a simmer. Stir in the parsley and season to taste. Serve in bowls with fresh homemade bread.
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POPPY SEED CHALLAH BREAD

POPPY SEED CHALLAH BREAD