Artichoke Soup refers to a culinary delight from northern California, a place quite famously knnown as the artichoke country due to the abundance of artichokes present along its foggy coastline. The soup made of artichoke is a buttery, luscious, smooth, and rich soup which is served all over the region in various eating outlets. The creamy and rich soup made of artichokes is popular not only in North California, but in various other parts of the world too.
Artichoke Recipe- Ingredients Used and Preparation Overview
The suggested ingredients for preparing artichoke based soup consist of trimmed artichokes, butter, well rinsed and sliced leek, garlic cloves, shallots, diced potatoes, chicken or vegetable stock, bay leaf, thyme, parsley, black peppercorns, cream, and salt.
Artichoke hearts are prepared by getting rid of the leaves and the outer skin of stems, and slicing the hearts into quarter inch width. Thereafter, the artichokes are cooked in butter along with garlic, leek, and shallots, followed by adding vegetable or chicken stock and potatoes to the mixture. Peppercorns, thyme, bay leaf, and parsley are tied together in a light woven cotton material, known as cheesecloth, and added to pot. The mixture is heated for a few minutes, all the herbs are discarded, and the soup is pureed and heated again. Cream and butter are added, along with salt, before serving the artichoke soup warm.
Artichoke Soup Recipe Variations
There are a few variations of the soup which suggest the use of distinct ingredients while preparing the soup. However, broth and artichoke are used in all the recipe variations. A few popular variations are discussed in the below section:
- Jerusalem artichoke soup with bacon is also one of the variants, in which Jerusalem artichokes, bacon, potatoes, garlic, chicken stock, salt, and black pepper are combined together to prepare the soup. Fresh chives are used for garnishing the soup in this case.
- One of the popular recipe variations suggests the use of distilled vinegar or lemon juice, salt, artichokes, vegetable or chicken broth, butter, garlic, heavy cream, salt, and black pepper to prepare the soup.
- Oyster and artichoke soup is another popular variation in which fresh oysters are used, along with artichokes, butter, celery, onions, chicken stock, and heavy cream to prepare the chowder.
- Artichoke Soup Avgolemono is also a soup variant where Avgolemono is a Greek term for lemon and egg. This soup is prepared by combining together brown rice, lemon juice, egg yolks, chicken stock, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, parsley, salt, and pepper.