A Soup for Christmas

Food too is a temptation and good food a sensual delight that goes hand in hand with the pleasures of the flesh. Try this soup as a starter before the turkey.

SOUTH TYROLEAN CHESTNUT SOUP (serves four)

Ingredients:

Two carrots peeled and finely chopped

One leek finely chopped

400g chestnuts (preferably the ones you get vacuum packed) finely chopped

Icing sugar (sprinkling)

50 g butter

150 ml white wine

500 ml beef stock (or vegetable if you need to)

250ml single cream

One grated nutmeg

One teaspoon  cinnamon

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Melt the butter in a pan and add the chestnuts. Sprinkle with the icing sugar and cook until glazed.

Add the carrots and leek and fry until soft.

Add the nutmeg and cinnamon and pur in the wine.

Bring to the boil and add the stock.

Add the cream and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes or until everything is nicely soft.

Blend in a liquidiser and serve immediately.

And as they say in the South Tyrol

Guten Appetit/Buon Appetito!!

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