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Artichoke Soup


Sliced Jerusalem artichoke in a ham, cream and root vegetable base (Mrs.B)

Original Receipt in 'The Book of Household Management', 1861, edited by Isabella Beeton (See Mrs.B)

(A White Soup.)
112. INGREDIENTS: 3 slices of lean bacon or ham,½ a head of celery, 1 turnip, 1 onion, 3 oz. of butter, 4 lbs. of artichokes, 1 pint of boiling milk, or½ pint of boiling cream, salt and cayenne to taste, 2 lumps of sugar, 2-½ quarts of white stock.
Mode: Put the bacon and vegetables, which should be cut into thin slices, into the stewpan with the butter. Braise these for ¼ of an hour, keeping them well stirred. Wash and pare the artichokes, and after cutting them into thin slices, add them, with a pint of stock, to the other ingredients. When these have gently stewed down to a smooth pulp, put in the remainder of the stock. Stir it well, adding the seasoning, and when it has simmered for five minutes, pass it through a strainer. Now pour it back into the stewpan, let it again simmer five minutes, taking care to skim it well, and stir it to the boiling milk or cream. Serve with small sippets of bread fried in butter.
Time: 1 hour. Average cost: per quart, 1s. 2d.
Seasonable: from June to October.
Sufficient: for 8 persons.

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