Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pumpkins Rock

Pumpkins rock and rule at our farm this season. We have two varieties of carving and painting pumpkins




and six varieties of cooking/baking pumpkins....


all of which are simply beautiful.  


Since the big squash arrived, I've been learning all about Hubbards, Kurshaw, the French Cinderella, the delicate White, the New England Pie and our own farm grown Sugar Pie.


I have concluded that pumpkins/squash are beautiful and invaluable to our health and must be eaten a ton at this time of year.  In light of that, I've been researching and finding some pretty amazing ways to prepare pumpkin.

Simple Recipes has this one - Spicy Pumpkin Soup that I can only imagine is fabulous.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 (15 oz) cans 100 percent pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*
  • 5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)**
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
*To make pumpkin purée, cut a sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a tin-foil lined baking pan. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 min to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze whatever you don't use for future use.
**If cooking gluten-free, use gluten-free broth.

METHOD

1 Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute more.
2 Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
3 Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan.
4 With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt.
Serve in individual bowls. Sprinkle the top of each with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Bon Appétit



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