Sunday, March 5, 2017
‘Bouillabaisse’ of Fresh Peas With Poached Eggs
Martha Rose Shulman
Time 45 minutes
Yield Serves four to five
In the Provence region of France, it is a peasant tradition to make “poor man’s bouillabaisse” with vegetables. For this soup, only fresh peas will work — don’t try it with frozen.
Featured in: ‘Bouillabaisse’ Of Fresh Peas With Poached Eggs.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
¾ pound fingerling potatoes or Yukon golds, scrubbed and sliced
4 large garlic cloves, minced
4 cups freshly shelled peas (about 4 1/2 pounds)
Generous pinch of saffron
1 ½ quarts water or chicken stock
freshly ground pepper
4 to 5 eggs
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or a mixture of parsley, tarragon and chives
4 to 5 thick slices country bread, toasted and rubbed with a cut clove of garlic
1. In a heavy soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about five minutes, and add the potatoes and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the garlic begins to smell fragrant, about one minute. Add the water, saffron and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add the peas, cover and simmer another 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the broth is sweet. Taste, adjust salt and add pepper.
2. One by one, break each egg into a teacup, then tip into the soup. Poach the eggs for four minutes until just set. Place a crouton in each bowl and, using a skimmer or a slotted spoon, scoop out a poached egg and place it on top. Stir the herbs into the soup, then ladle the soup into the bowls and serve.
Advance preparation: You can have the peas shelled and ready hours ahead of time, but the soup is best served right away. You could also poach the eggs ahead of serving, keeping them in the refrigerator in a bowl of water. Drain and dry on paper towels before serving.
Nutritional information per serving (four servings)
399 calories; 3 grams saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 7 grams monounsaturated fat; 186 milligrams cholesterol; 54 grams carbohydrates; 11 grams dietary fiber; 254 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 18 grams protein