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Friday, November 30, 2012

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Cider Cream



This is one of my favorite Fall / Winter dishes.  My first boss gave me the recipe.  She's awesome. I wonder where she's at? Hmmm

Anyway.

Here's the recipe.  It makes me feel like Christmas has swept me off my feet and lit a fire in the fireplace.....ahhhhh.....






  • 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


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, purée soup in blender. 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.

Yields 10 servings....so they say....but what's a serving? I may have had 2 bowls tonight....but that was my serving.  Don't tell anyone.

Recipe credit: Epicurious



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