Thursday, January 24, 2008

Baked Potato and Greens Soup with Potato-Wedge Croutons

Another Veganomicon soup hit! This soup took quite a while to prepare, considering all the potatoes I had to scrub and cube and the kale leaves that needed washing and prepping. Believe it or not, it was the first time I'd purchased and prepared kale (I've eaten it many times, though), but I felt like I knew how to do it because I'd seen it done before. I opted for dino kale with it's beautiful, deep green, long leaves. I thought it might be easier to work with and it had the added bonus of being called dino, which for some reason, brought out the four-year-old in me (you know how little kids love dinosaurs). Instead of chopping or tearing the kale, I decided to chiffonade it. I thought it would be quicker to roll it up and slice multiple leaves at once as opposed to tearing up each leaf. The soup has great flavor and is thick and hearty. I love the potato-kale combination of flavors and textures.

As for the Potato-Wedge Croutons, the oil spray bottle I bought for less than $5 at Target turned out to be a dud, so I had to use Trader Joe's olive oil spray instead. It's not actually olive oil, it's like Pam. They still tasted good, though!

One interesting thing to note: Veganomicon gives instructions for baking potatoes on pages 60 and 146. Page 60 says to bake potatoes at 400 degrees F and page 146 says to bake them at 350. I followed page 60's advice, even though this soup is on page 146 and my potatoes were perfect.

Overall, definitely another winner from Veganomicon! Are you tired of the fact that I keep making soups from this book instead of venturing into all the other delicious-looking recipes? ;)

P.S. I'm watching Wednesday's episode of Rachael Ray's daytime talk show and Ted Danson just praised her because he had a delicious platter of vegan food in her green room!


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I went to Whole Foods once and was buying some dino kale and the checkout guy told me a funny story that happened to him earlier in the day:

A mom was buying dino kale and the checkout guy asked her what it was (so he could properly ring it up). She said, "dino kale". Well, her little son mis-heard what she said and asked her, "We're having DINOSAUR TAIL for dinner tonight???!!!"

Anonymous said...

I just love Kale- This soup sound delicious!

I'm betting that you could probably bake the potatoes at either 350 or 400... 350 would just take longer, of course.

(I hope you get your taste of Wheeler's soon, too!)

Rural Vegan said...

I can't tell you how delicious that looks right now, as I watch the thermometer drop! Do you think spinach would work in place of the kale? I don't have kale on hand, but I do have spinach!

VeggieGirl said...

I'm a kale addict - it's my FAVORITE leafy green (with chard, spinach, and collards following) - soup look quite comforting!

those potato-wedge croutons are so intriguing!

selina said...

there is nothing wrong with a good bowl of soup. especially during the winter.

sounds wonderful!!! kale is wonderful & so are potatoes.

textual bulldog said...

Yum, I must try this soup IMMEDIATELY. Potatoes and kale are right up my alley. There's just so much goodness in V-con, it's hard to get around to it all...

Vegan_Noodle said...

I have been eating tons of dino kale lately... maybe it's just me but I think it's less bitter than the curly variety. That soup sounds yummy. And no I'm not tired of hearing of them :-)