Monday, January 26, 2009

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Although it didn't match the -2 we suffered earlier last week, Saturday's 6.6 degrees was just too darn cold for me. And, when it's cold, what's better than warm grinders (a.k.a. hoagies, po' boys, subs) and nice hot soup? Precious little, in my book.

Probably 5 or 6 years ago, I was preparing to make a pot of cream of broccoli soup, and my husband growled at me that he couldn't be expected to eat that (expletive del
eted). Since he'd eaten, and claimed to like, it before, I was rather stunned. I poured the contents of the pan down the drain, cooked up some eggs, and told him he'd never suffer cream soup at my hands again. Well, I lied. I wanted this soup on Saturday, and so it was dinner. My son, the flooring guru, when he smelled it starting to cook, made appreciative noises and commented that he hadn't had it in a very long time. He ate 3 big bowls full, so it was obvious he liked it. And even my dearly beloved claimed to enjoy it. This really is good; try it!


1-1/2 cups broccoli, chopped small

1 onion, chopped small
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup powdered milk

2 cups heavy cream
copious amounts of freshly ground black pepper

Cook the onion and broccoli in the chicken broth about 15 minutes, or until done. Whisk in the powdered milk. Add the cream and pepper, heat through, and simmer for 15 minutes. There was one cup left over, and it was my breakfast/lunch on Sunday.

In case you'd like to make your own grinder rolls:

2 cups warm water
8 tsp yeast
6 cups flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil (optional)

Dissolve the yeast in the water. Stir in the sugar, then add the flour and salt. If desired, add oil; this will make your rolls softer. Knead or mix in the Kitchenaid (this recipe was too big for the bread machine) for 10 minutes, let rise for 10 minutes, form into long l
oaves and place on baking trays. Let them rise about 15 minutes, or until doubled in size. Bake at 375F for 16 to 18 minutes, until desired degree of brown is reached. Makes 4 foot-long rolls (14", in my case). If you don't want your grinder rolls in about an hour, then use half the yeast. Me, I don't like to wait too long. We filled our grinders with pork in BBQ sauce and turkey with gravy; I wish I'd had some meatballs.


Tatersmama said...

Yeah, what is it with men who happily eat something a dozen times and then start growling that they won't eat that "stuff"?
I always tell my guy that I'm not running a restaurant, and if he doesn't like what I'm cooking, he knows where McDonald's is. (yeah... 5 houses down and I smell it constantly *urp*)

I'll definitely give the soup a try, because I would rather eat broccoli than eat just about anything else.
Except chocolate. ;-)

Unknown said...

That soup looks yummy! I love brocolli soup the only thing that could make it better is cheese. g

Christo Gonzales said...

I love 'cream of anything' my favorite would be mushroom but I will take a bowl of this - right now!

The Blonde Duck said...

Po'boys! POST Po' BOYS! Now now now now now!

Please. :)

buffalodick said...

Looks like you posted a little late for me to pick up- Sorry! Welcome to my blog, yours looks like we have a lot of common ground!

Anette said...

Mmmm! lovely soup and bread!

Anonymous said...

I thought I didn't like broccoli soup either 'til I tried it.

Paula said...

I looooove broccoli soup! Gosh, I don't even know when the last time was that I had a bowl of the creamy green goodness. I have all the ingredients except for the powdered milk. Do you think I could make this without it? Did you use the stems as well as the flowerettes? I'd also love a grinder (well 1/2 a grinder - those rolls are huge!) to go with my soup! And ... what's that onion soup recipe on your mug?

What's the verdict on your son's and husband's plans for your kitchen stoves? Do you get to enjoy your kitchen uninterrupted for a while? :-)

Bunny said...

I was just thinking about cream of broccoli soup today, I think my kids would love this. my husband thinks he doesn't like lots of stuff, he doesn't know he's eating what he thinks he doesn't like! I've become a master at hideing it in food! LOL!!

Anonymous said...

I can't even imagine temps that low, I wonder what it feels like. I'm sure this meal was the perfect solution.

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

You have me craving Cream of Broccoli Soup right now. The soup and the grinders look fantastic.

Pam said...

Mmm. I love cream of broccoli soup - your recipe sounds so rich and deliciou. The grinder rolls are making me drool - you are the best bread maker I know.

Jan said...

Mmmm, that soup sounds delish, and your bread looks to die for.

test it comm said...

Nice looking soup! I like to do a broccoli and cheddar soup.