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Biltong Soup

Traditionally South African, perfect for the cold, biltong soup is just what you need for dinner!

Serves:  8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 125 ml butter 
  • 2 beef stock cubes 
  • 10 ml coarsely ground black pepper 
  • 2 ml whole nutmeg, grated 
  • 2 ml freshly ground coriander 
  • 250 ml cake flour 
  • 500 ml milk 
  • 2 litre boiling water 
  • 250 ml coarsely grated Cheddar cheese 
  • 300 g finely sliced moist biltong 
  • cream and port to taste 
  • 100 g grated blue cheese (optional – i like to grate over some parmesan or matured cheddar)
  • bread sticks or toast slices for serving

METHOD:

  • Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan.
  • Crumble the stock cubes and add along with the spices.
  • Add the flour and heat, stirring continually until the flour begins to simmer.
  • Mix the milk and boiling water, and slowly stir into the flour mixture.
  • Stirring continually, heat slowly over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer and thicken (like a white sauce).
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the Cheddar cheese and half the biltong. Do not bring the mixture to boil again.
  • Keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Stir in a little cream and port just before serving if desired.
  • Ladle the hot soup into deep soup bowls and scatter a little of the remaining biltong and crumbled blue cheese on top.
  • Serve with bread sticks. 

Mother of two, professional chef/hospitality lecturer & writer for theyellowcap.com

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