Artichoke soup with Spanish sausage and roasted pistachios

Artichoke soup with Spanish sausage and roasted pistachios

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New Middle Eastern Food
Serves
8
Photographer
Mark Roper

This is a version of a renaissance soup that I learnt in Mantova, Italy. The original uses cock’s combs instead of sausage.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
6 large artichokes
4 lemons, juiced, mixed with 1 litre water
2 medium onions
2 garlic cloves
2 medium leeks
100ml olive oil
2 litres good-quality chicken stock
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 semi-dried chorizo sausages, grilled and sliced into 1 cm diagonal pieces
2 free-range egg yolks
150ml cream, (35% fat)
2 lemons, juiced

Garnish

Quantity Ingredient
100g unsalted pistachio kernels, dry roasted and coarsely crushed
1/2 teaspoon allspice, (freshly ground, if possible)
60ml extra–virgin olive oil

Method

  1. To prepare the artichokes, remove the outer hard leaves as well as the choke and immediately place the heart into the lemon water.
  2. Slice the onions, garlic and leeks finely. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pot.
  3. Drain the artichokes and very quickly slice into thin slices. Sauté them in the hot oil with the onions, garlic and leeks, then cover and simmer for 5–8 minutes. Do not allow the artichokes to colour.
  4. Add the chicken stock. Bring to the boil and gently simmer for 30 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  5. When ready to serve, bring the soup back to the boil and then add the grilled chorizo pieces. Mix the egg yolks with the cream and then add to the soup. Slowly return the soup to just below boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  6. As you serve, finish each bowl with a sprinkling of crushed pistachios and ground allspice, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
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Malouf
Greg
Lucy
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