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#3085559 - 12/18/12 04:28 PM Pumpkin/Squash Soup
4 Point

Registered: 03/14/12
Posts: 174
Loc: Brentwood, TN

I made this soup this weekend and it was awesome. It's from Hank Shaw's website.

I used 1/2 lb bacon, 1 whole 3"-4" dia. onion, and 1 SF of pumpin. Enjoy.

Serves 4 to 6.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

1/2 large yellow or white onion, about 1 1/2 cups
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 to 1/2 pound bacon or salt pork, diced
1 quart turkey, chicken or vegetable stock
5 bay leaves
1 large butternut squash, about 2 pounds
2 heaping tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
Chopped chives or rosemary flowers for garnish

Peel the squash, scrape out the insides and chop it into chunks.
In a large pot, heat the butter over medium-high heat and add the onions and bacon. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are translucent. You don’t want them browning. Pour in the stock, add the squash, bay leaves and a healthy pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low, cover and simmer gently for an hour. Stir it once or twice in that time.
Uncover the pot, remove the bay leaves and puree the soup, either with an immersion blender, by moving the soup to a blender or a food processor, or by pushing it through a food mill. An immersion blender will give you a slightly chunky soup, a blender the smoothest. Return the soup to the pot, put the bay leaves back in and simmer, uncovered, for another 15 minutes. Stir frequently to keep it from sticking on the bottom.
Add salt to taste. Right before you serve, whisk in the creme fraiche. Garnish with chives or rosemary flowers if you have them.

#3093210 - 12/23/12 10:50 PM Re: Pumpkin/Squash Soup [Re: Legnip]

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 26196
Loc: Spring Hill, TN

Sounds pretty good. We cooked down a mess of pumpkins a while back and froze the results. Time to break out a pack!
Some hunt for racks, some hunt for roasts. I hunt for sheer joy; the aforementioned items are merely fringe benefits.

#3093356 - 12/24/12 07:27 AM Re: Pumpkin/Squash Soup [Re: Nimrod777]
12 Point

Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 6265
Loc: Adirondack Mtns, NY

My gf works part time at the local village market in town, this past fall, they had an entire bushel of butternut squash that was not selling and had started to form small brown spots on the outter skin. Well, the manager told my gf to throw them all in the dumpster, the gf asked if she could take them to her dad's for the hogs.
She drove them puppies straight to my house and I peeled, steamed and froze the whole bushel (had to of been 15-20 squash)
Gettin' that time of yr. for some good soups

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