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Nettle Soup

Great lunch option.

50 6
Nettle Soup | DonalSkehan.com, Great lunch option.

light-meals

Nettle Soup

Great lunch option.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

100g butter

1 large leek or 2 medium- sized leeks, chopped

4 cups nettle tops, chopped

450g potatoes, sliced

1 litre chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground pepper

150 ml cream

Chive flowers to garnish

50 mins
Serves 6

This nettle soup is a great favourite in the spring when the nettles are young. Nettles are full of minerals and vitamins which purify the blood. In the country nettle tea was also drunk, made by pouring boiling water over chopped nettles, boiling for about 15 minutes, then straining and adding milk and sugar. This was often given to children who had measles. It is said to have been a favourite of St Columcille. Nettle soup is still served in some hotels in Ireland; this recipe is from Declan Ryan, who was chef-proprietor of the much- starred Arbutus Lodge, Cork, sadly no longer in existence. Recipe from The Pleasures of the Table: Rediscovering Theodora Fitzgibbon.

 

TOP TIP

Use gloves and a scissors when cutting the nettles. Do not gather them from sprayed verges or after the end of May as they will be too tough.
Heat the butter until foaming. Add the chopped leek and the nettle tops and cook until they look glossy.
Stir in the potatoes, then add the stock.
Simmer gently for 30–35 minutes.
Sieve or liquidise the soup, return to the heat, season to taste and add the cream.
Garnish with chive flowers and serve hot.
50 mins
Serves 6

Ingredients

100g butter

1 large leek or 2 medium- sized leeks, chopped

4 cups nettle tops, chopped

450g potatoes, sliced

1 litre chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground pepper

150 ml cream

Chive flowers to garnish

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  • петя спасова

    yummy.

  • Sibbe

    What about the Wild Garlic Oil?