The Perfect Festive Winter Warming Soup

We know that Christmas sandwiches all the rage, but I can do you one better – Christmas Dinner Soup. Yup, a nice warming soup which has all the flavours of the festive season.  It is super quick and easy to make with a few ingredients many people have in the cupboard this time of year so it’s great for a festive party or get together.

This recipe is a meat variation but if you swap out some of the ingredients you could make it vegetarian easily!

Ingredients

  • 15g dried cranberries
  • 25g butter
  • 1 leek (finely sliced)
    1 stock celery (finely chopped)
    1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 750ml chicken stock (veggie if desired)
    1 bay leaf
  • A few springs of thyme
  • 100ml single cream
  • 200g cooked turkey diced (can be swapped for chicken or missed out if you are going veggie!)

For toppings

  • 200g readymade stuffing (veggie if desired)
  • Ready cooked chestnuts
  • Lardons

 

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees / 375 degrees Fahrenheit/ gas mark 5
  • Roll the stuffing into balls then cook in the oven for around 20minutes until golden brown, remove and set aside!
  • Soak the dried cranberries in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes then drain and set aside
  • Melt the butter in a pan, add the leak, celery and onion and cook for 5-10 minutes or until soft
  • Add the stock, bay leaf and thyme then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender
  • Remove the herbs and then blend until smooth. Add the cream, turkey, cranberries, then season to taste.
  • Fry up the cheastnuts in a pan and the bacon in separate pan and place these alongside the stuffing balls into dishes for your guests to add to your soup
  • When ready re-heat the soup for around 10 minutes and stir occasionally
  • Serve up the soup however you like – if I’m hosting I like dishing it up in mugs and letting people add their own toppings!

So, that’s my secret Christmas Dinner Soup recipe which is a real crowd pleaser and perfect for a lunchtime festive pick me up – enjoy!

Untilo tomorrow x

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