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Sorrel soup with cream cheese toasts

  • for 8 people
  • Takes 20 minutes to make, 20 minutes ?to cook
The gorgeous vivid green of this soup is matched by its wonderfully fresh flavour; it's a lovely start to a spring dinner party.

Nutritional info per serving

PER SERVING 371kcals, 24.3g fat (12.8g saturated), 5.8g protein, 19.6g carbs (2.4g sugars), 1.4g salt, 3g fibre

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INGREDIENTS

50g unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 medium potato, finely cubed
1.8 litres fresh chicken or vegetable stock, hot
500g mixed fresh sorrel and spinach leaves, any tough stems removed and finely sliced
2 little gem lettuces, finely shredded
Bunch of fresh chervil
Splash of double cream
For the toasts
8 small sourdough slices, cut in half if large, or 8 baguette slices
1 garlic clove, peeled
200g cream cheese (we like Paysan Breton Luxury Creamy Cheese, from Waitrose)
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

METHOD

1. Melt the butter in a large pan and gently fry the onion and potato for 5 minutes until the onion is softened. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, for the toasts, toast the bread until golden, then gently rub one side of each slice with the garlic. Spread with the cheese, drizzle with the oil and grind over some black pepper, then set aside.
3. Add the sorrel, spinach and lettuces to the pan, then add the chervil and season. Blend until smooth with a hand blender, then stir in most of the cream, swirl the rest on top and serve with the toasts.

  • Sorrel is a tasty leaf with a sharp, lemony tang. Some greengrocers and supermarkets stock it in season but if you can’t find it you can use all spinach instead – just add a good squeeze of lemon juice with the cream.

From April 2012

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