The Cook with Biltong Club: Biltong, watercress and pea soup

I’m cooking with biltong again, and had the idea of using it as one of the ingredients in a tasty soup. Honestly, I think this soup is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. I didn’t use a lot of biltong but it really added such a depth of flavour.

This is the perfect soup for a chilly evening – and it’s so quick and easy to make. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Oh, and don’t you love my new tea towel? Another one from

The amazingly rich soup
The amazingly rich soup

Serves 4

1 medium potato, peeled and chopped

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

Olive oil for frying

400g watercress

150g fresh peas

1 litre of vegetable stock

4 sprigs of fresh mint

100g wet biltong, chopped into dice-size pieces

2 tsps  horseradish sauce

For the horseradish cream

2 tsps double cream

1 tsp horseradish sauce

Fry the chopped potato and onion in the olive oil for about 10 minutes until softened.

Add the peas and the vegetable stock and bring to the boil.

Add the chopped biltong and watercress and boil until the watercress has wilted.

Add the fresh  mint and the horseradish.

Blend with a hand blender until the soup is thick and fairly smooth.

To make the horseradish cream, mix together the double cream and horseradish.

Serve the soup with a dollop of horseradish cream on top and a sprig of mint.

All the tasty ingredients ready to go
All the tasty ingredients ready to go

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  1. This looks delicious Sandy! But Biltong wouldn’t last long enough in our household to use it in a recipe! Do you have any recommendations of good biltong suppliers in the UK? We’re off to Cape Town next year, but you’re not allowed to bring it out of the country are you these days? Anyway – long time no speak, hope you’re well. Paula x

  2. Hey Paula You should try the Chichester Biltong Company – their details are on the bottom of my recipe post. They do a great range of different biltong. No, you’re not supposed to bring it out of the country, though most people do. When will you be in Cape Town? I will be there next year, maybe we could meet for a drink??

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