- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 1/4 pounds zucchini, trimmed and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1 cup packed watercress leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley leaves
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
- Watercress sprigs, tough stems removed, garnish
- Chopped chives, garnish
- Cheddar-Pecan Crackers, accompaniment
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the zucchini, salt, and pepper, and cook until the zucchini is tender, stirring occsionally. Add the stock and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Add the watercress, remove from the heat, and let the watercress wilt, about 1 minute. Discard the thyme sprig.
With a hand-held immersion blender or in batches in a food processor, puree the soup until very smooth. Return to the heat and stir in the cream. Taste and adjust the seasoning, keeping in mind, that salt is less evident in cold foods.
Let the soup cool and then refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 to 6 hours.
Serve the soup in small bowls, with a dollop of crême fraiche and watercress sprig to garnish each bowl. Serve with the cheese crackers.
Cold Puree Of White Bean Soup With A Crispy Pancetta And Creole Tomato Relish
Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Cold Cucumber Soup With Louisiana Oysters On The Half Shell And Osteria Caviar
Cold Asparagus Soup With Lump Crabmeat
Zucchini And Yellow Squash Tian
Cornish Game Hens, Cooked Under A Brick, With Orzo Risotto And Grilled Zucchini
Cold Pasta Salad With Smoked Salmon, Cucumbers And Salmon Roe
Cream Of Smoked Tomato Soup
Pork Medallions With Pears And Spaghetti Squash
Oyster Rockefeller Soup Garnished with Crispy Bacon and Fried Oysters