Scottish Recipes: Green Pea Soup
It has always been a mystery why green pea soup in cans is not available on supermarket shelves, certainly in Scotland. It is tasty and an attractive colour. But the lack of an "off the shelf" version just gives the incentive to make it yourself!
Recipe Ingredients:One pound peas (fresh or frozen )
One bunch spring onions
One round lettuce
One pint chicken stock (or made from a cube)
One ounce butter (25g or ¼ stick)
One level teaspoon castor (fine granulated) sugar
One clove garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Preparation Method:Peel and crush the garlic and trim and slice the spring onions. Soften them by heating in butter in a pan for three minutes. Then add stock, peas, roughly chopped lettuce, sugar, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Simmer for roughly five minutes. Cool slightly and then put through a blender.
Green pea soup can be served either hot or cold - but heat or cool quickly to preserve the colour.
If served cold, garnish with chopped mint. If served hot, garnish with cream or fromage frais.
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