Rye | Dallas
By Laura Brienza
May 12, 2022
As flavor-forward applications like Buffalo cauliflower “wings” and cauliflower pizza trend upward, classic dishes highlighting this versatile ingredient are also seeing an uptick. That’s certainly the case at Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge, a contemporary Napa-inspired concept, where the Roasted Cauliflower Soup is one of the top sellers.
Dan Landsberg, Executive Chef, begins with reduced stock, puréed roasted cauliflower and cream for a rich base, then adds Gruyère. “It contributes a pronounced earthiness and nuttiness that complement the roasted cauliflower nicely,” says Landsberg.
The soup is finished with a sherry vinegar gastrique for a dose of acidity, then garnishes with colored cauliflower confetti and chives, providing texture and visual appeal. A drizzle of chile pepper-infused honey is the finishing touch. “The honey balances the soup and adds some spice to liven the palate,” he says.
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From the 2023 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & The Menu, for chefs and menu developers. Read full issue online.