OK, so the final bit of Stilton remained in the fridge from Christmas. It wasn’t actually opened until a good way through January but, if it wasn’t to be wasted, I needed to do something with it and we’d got to the end of the delightful ‘Stilton and crackers, perhaps with a glass of port’ thing. So, I thought I’d give this a bash, even though I wasn’t overly certain whether it would even be pleasant. It’s absolutely lovely: smooth, rich and really, really flavoursome. Delia reckoned that this recipe would serve 4 – 6 people as a starter but I decided to serve it as an ‘amuse bouche’ (defined as ‘a little bit of food which is served before the meal to stimulate the appetite) in tiny cups, simply because it is sooooo rich. It’s a lovely little taster to kick off a dinner! And there’s no problem with the leftovers – having served four, the rest was divided into two polythene bags and frozen, available for a couple of other dinners!
Serves 12 as an Amuse Bouche
What you need…
Splash rapeseed oil
3 shallots, chopped
1 leek, cleaned and sliced
1 large potato, peeled and chopped into chunks
1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
570ml water, boiled from the kettle
1 chicken stockpot (I use Knorr)
150 ml dry still cider
110g Stilton cheese, cut into small chunks
1 tablespoon double cream
Sea salt and black pepper
What to do…
Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan, then add the vegetables and a pinch of salt. Pop the lid on and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, using a small balloon whisk, stir the stockpot into the water until it has dissolved. Set aside your stock.
Stir the flour into the vegetables and, when evenly mixed in, gradually add the cider, stirring the whole time. Add the chicken stock, pop the lid back on the pan and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
Add the milk and Stilton and increase the heat to high. Stir until the cheese has melted and the soup is just below boiling point. Taste. Season. Taste. When you’re happy with the seasoning, stir in the cream.
Tip the whole lot into your blender and whizz until your Stilton soup is smooth and creamy. Serve – it really is rather delightful and has a definite indulgent feel to it – enjoy!
Really, really easy – no effort at all and I love the fact that you can freeze it, ready for future dinners!