Well we survived midterms [Ed. note: Anyone get the license plate of that truck that hit us?] and now, more importantly, it's two weeks until Thanksgiving!
It is never too soon to plan the meal. Right now I have a rough menu outline, but so far the only certainty is that this soup will start the evening off, either in a bowl or as soup shooters (shot glass).
Have made a bazillion different kinds of butternut squash soup over the years, but this is "The One." Velvety, flavorful, filling, but not heavy. You'll swear there's cream in there. There isn't. You can even make this dairy-free/vegan by omitting the butter and substituting olive oil. Full disclosure, I tend to tinker with recipes to tailor it to my or the BF's taste, but this recipe, didn't change a thing [Ed. note: wut].
The soup works well on its own, but if you want to kick the flavor up a notch I suggest adding the red curry croutons. (Butternut squash and red curry are a match made in heaven.) Another handy tip, I find the hand-immersion blender very convenient, but if you want a truly smooth, velvet consistency, break out the big guns, your "serious" blender, and mix like you mean it.
PS: Don't want to give away any secrets, but someone's birthday is coming up [Ed. note: wut]. Last year I didn't mess around and broke out Batman and the Joker for a positively killer caramel apple cake (www.moveablefeast.me/blog/caramel-apple-cake).
PPS: Marlowe is very happy if you voted!
Adapted from: Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan, The Pollan Family Table (soup) and Woks of Life (croutons)
Number of servings: makes about 2 quarts (4-6)
Julie Anne Steiner
11/7/2018 05:42:46 pm
I would be very happy having this soup for Thanksgiving! But just because I love your descriptions, what else are you planning?
11/7/2018 06:03:57 pm
Oh Julie, you know how I love to plan menus! And I love to know what other people have for Thanksgiving. Her goes:
Julie Anne Steiner
11/7/2018 11:29:08 pm
I didn't realize you responded to my comments....duh! Now I know and I'll check back sooner.
11/8/2018 07:10:17 am
Julie, I will let you know how the cake turns out. I'm starting it right now!!!! xo
11/9/2018 01:57:58 pm
Soup sounds terrific, Jacquie! My friend Rebecca is in charge of planning Thanksgiving menú. I think I’m in the green vegetable department. I’ll echo Julie’s response to Dons birthday cake request X2! my oh my oh my
11/9/2018 04:37:06 pm
Thank you Wendy. This soup is truly one of my favorites as a main meal, but terrific as a little starter for Thanksgiving or Chanukkah. The birthday cake was epic! I gave it to him 2 days before his actual birthday..... I think he enjoyed it. What are you going to make for your green veg? Will it be from your garden? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my sweet cousin. xo
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