Cooking with Lettuce

Dilly Lettuce SoupI’ve always wondered about cooking lettuce. I’ve seen romaine lettuce grilled, but other than that have never really researched cooking lettuce. So, when there was a recipe included with our harvest box this week for Creamy Lettuce Soup, I decided to go for it! The original recipe sounded good, but they sent us 3 heads of garlic this week, so I decided to add some to the soup. I also added some dill. These flavors blended really well with the subtle taste of the lettuce. Farmer Monte strongly recommends not using brown or slimy lettuce for this recipe, but a little wilt is OK. My daughter (a big salad eater) is coming home tonight. I hope there is some left for her to try!

Dilly Lettuce Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • salt to taste
  • 6 cups chopped lettuce
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Saute until onion is softened, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle flour over onions, stir to combine. Then add potatoes and stir to coat them with the butter. Add broth, dill, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add lettuce. Continue cooking until lettuce is completely wilted. Puree with immersion blender.
  4. Whisk together the egg yolks and evaporated milk. Add about 3 ladlefuls of the soup into the milk mixture. Stir this back into the soup pot. Reheat over low heat if necessary.

I might try a variation of this some time. It was really good!

Happy eating!

Ruth

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