Cauliflower And Belle River Crawfish Soup

  • Featured in Episode 96
  • Serves 6-8


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Half a head of cauliflower, cored and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, white part, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 medium Yukon gold potato, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic minced
4 cups Basic Chicken Stock
2 cups heavy cream
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 sprig fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1/2 pound crawfish tail meat
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


Depending upon the size of both the cauliflower and potato you may need to add more stock; the consistency will become obvious after you puree the soup. You don’t need to add more cream; just a touch more stock.

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over moderate heat. Add the cauliflower, onions, leeks, bay leaf, potatoes and garlic and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the cauliflower softens slightly and the onions are translucent, about 20 minutes.
Add chicken stock, cream, red pepper flakes and thyme to the pot. Increase the heat to high, bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the potatoes are fully cooked, 15–20 minutes. Remove bay leaf and thyme sprig.
Puree the soup in a blender and strain through a fine sieve. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Return to the pot, cover, and keep warm.
Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat, add the crawfish tails and sauté for a minute, then add chives. Season to taste salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into individual bowls, add crawfish tails and sprinkle with chives.