My search for the perfect recipe took me to my favorite website (and app), Epicurious. I found a recipe from Bon Appetit circa 1998. This soup turned out so well that it is now in permanent rotation in our house. That's an understatement. It's TO DIE FOR!
Butternut Squash Soup with Cider Cream
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
- 2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
- 1/2 cup chopped peeled carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried sage leaves
- 5 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- Chopped fresh chives
|squash, leeks, carrot, celery|
|Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add squash, |
leeks, carrot and celery; sauté until slightly softened, about 15 minutes.
|Mix in apples, thyme and sage. Add stock and 1 cup cider and bring to boil.|
Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until apples are tender,
stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
Working in batches, puree soup in blender. (I just used an immersion blender right in the pot) Return soup to pan. Boil remaining 1/2 cup cider in heavy small saucepan until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Cool. Place sour cream in small bowl. Whisk in reduced cider. (Soup and cider cream can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.)
Bring soup to simmer. Mix in whipping cream. Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle with cider cream. Top with chives.
We had leftover turkey from a roast we did earlier in the week that I paired with spinach, fontina, caramelized shallots and challah.
|yes, this bread makes me swoon|
|the perfect pair|
Speaking of perfect pairs, if you follow me on facebook or twitter you already know that I bought into the hype and showed up on November 1st to get my mitts on Mitchell's Christmas Ale Gingersnap ice cream.
I can't even begin to tell you how freaking good this stuff is! It tastes like Christmas. Christmas beer...with gingersnaps. What's not to love?