Ingredients for watercress soup
- 1 shallot
- 1 potato
- 1/2 garlic head
- 3 or 4 slices of bacon
- small watercress bush, or a large handful
- 1 liter (4 cups) chicken stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
Kitchen equipment needed
- Chef’s knife + cutting board
- Large pan
- Skillet for baking the bacon.
- Tin foil
- rod mixer/blender
Preparation — 45 minutes
PRE-HEAT your oven to a temperature of 180 degrees celsius or 356 degrees fahrenheit. SLICE one side from the garlic head, and wrap in til foil. Bake the garlic head in your oven until tender, for 40 to 45 minutes. MEANWHILE, peel the potato and shallot. FINELY chop up the shallot and potato in small chunks. WASH the watercress and rid it of any bugs, sand and such things. BAKE the bacon (strips) and also set aside.
Cooking the watercress soup — 10 to 15 minutes
POUR some olive oil in the large pan, and saute the shallot and potato for about 5 minutes. The garlic head is now nicely soft and tender, in such a way that you can actually squeeze out all of the goodness. POUR one liter (4 cups) chicken stock in the large pan, turn up the heat to maximum and let it heat up.
When the water is almost coming to a boil, squeeze in the contents of the garlic head. ADD the watercress to the soup and blend it as smooth as you like. Season with (a little) salt and pepper. Serve in a deep plate, crush the baked bacon and add it to the soup.
Tip: you can give this dish a twist by adding 100 ml (3.5 fl oz) heavy cream to the soup, enjoy!