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Carrot Soup with Coriander
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  • 2 lbs (.9 kg). carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 5-6 cups)
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter
  • 1 small onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml). chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). ground coriander
  • 4 cups (950 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tsp (5 ml). sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml). salt
  • 2 cups (475 ml) half and half or milk
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml). dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped fresh cilantro
  • In large sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt butter.
  • When hot, add onion and saute while stirring occasionally, until translucent - five to six minutes.
  • Add the garlic and saute while stirring until beginning to change color, twenty to thirty seconds.
  • Add the carrots, potatoes and coriander and saute, stirring a little, for about two to three minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, sugar and salt and bring to simmer over medium heat, then lower heat, cover partially and continue simmering until vegetables are soft - about twenty to thirty minutes.
  • When cooked and soft, puree soup in batches in blender or processor until all is smooth or to the consistency desired.
  • Return to saucepan and add half and half or milk and pepper to taste.
  • Place over medium heat and heat almost to boil but not boiling. taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  • Just before serving, stir in sherry to taste.
  • to serve: ladle warm soup into bowls and top each with 1 to 2 spoonful of sour cream and a generous sprinkling of chopped cilantro.
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