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French Fridays with Dorie: Asparagus soup

Dorie Greenspan asparagus soup French Fridays with Dorie Around my French Table

Or, as Dorie says on page 58 of Around my French Table about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, “Enfin! It’s spring!”.  A delicate, simple soup with just asparagus, onion, leek, shallots and garlic (although I actually used vegetable stock instead of water and added a touch of thyme too), it begs to be served in small portions – as Dorie says, serving in “smaller-than-usual-proportions [...] adds to the soup’s sophistication.” So, I served it in shot glasses. Kind of like a “cheers to spring” – now it’s finally here!

French Fridays with Dorie Around my French Table Dorie Greenspan asparagus soup

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13 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Asparagus soup

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes May 24, 2013 at 10:54 #

    Those shots would be perfect party fare! They look great as always Mardi. Have a great weekend!

  2. Cher May 24, 2013 at 12:09 #

    i went for the smaller serving size as well – it just seemed to make sense.
    Thyme – good idea :-)

  3. Betsy May 24, 2013 at 15:32 #

    I served in small bowls, but they look big compared with a shot glass. That looks very fun for guests (or yourself). Cheers, Mardi!

  4. gaaarp May 24, 2013 at 16:59 #

    Shot glasses — what a great idea! Although I’ve been eating so much of this soup, I’d spend all day just refilling my glass.

  5. ayu | the spicy lemongrass May 24, 2013 at 19:47 #

    Ha, you really took the small portion idea seriously. What a wonderful idea serving them in shot glasses. Here’s a cheers to spring indeed!

  6. Liz May 24, 2013 at 20:52 #

    So pretty in shot glasses! And a bit of thyme is a nice touch, too. Have a great weekend, my friend.

  7. Teresa May 25, 2013 at 00:40 #

    I served the soup in punch glasses – it was a nice appetizer. Your shot glass presentation is lovely.

  8. Cakelaw May 25, 2013 at 08:04 #

    Your soup looks lovely in the shot glasses – a good way to serve it.

  9. yummychunklet May 25, 2013 at 19:56 #

    Love the idea of serving the soup in shot glasses!

  10. Mary Hirsch May 26, 2013 at 10:48 #

    You and Dorie are absolutely right (per usual). This is a soup that needs to be served “small”. I actually think most fruit and veggie soups need a petite container. I also agree that this was a sophisticated soup only I didn’t know if that was actually true or just me. Loved the purity of it. A lovely presentation, Mardi, with your addition of thyme.

  11. Candy (Dulce) May 27, 2013 at 12:15 #

    Mardi, I love your idea of shot glasses! This was pretty good. I think I was a little stuck on your Food Revolution project though, because I ended up adding making home made (corn) muffins to my post! Ha!
    Your photos look great – just love that idea!

  12. Alice May 28, 2013 at 03:13 #

    and of course, here you are, raising the bar…. :)

  13. The Mistress of Spices June 4, 2013 at 07:03 #

    Lovely (especially in the shot glasses)! We get asparagus randomly here, I’m not sure if there’s a specific season. The next time I find some I’ll make this soup!

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