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Two Soups Served in All Natural-Bowls

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Here at the Burn Blog, we’re already looking forward to autumn, so here’s something a little different for your fall soups and stews.

Colby Cheese Cream Soup

bread bowlFor a nice fall feast, serve this soup in a bread bowl before the main meal of pot roast, potatoes, and pumpkin bread. You can substitute a sharp cheddar for the Colby cheese if you wish.

1 small onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken Stock 
1 1/2 cups white sauce (see Joy of Cooking)
3/4 cup grated Colby cheese
1/2 cup minced green onions, with a few reserved for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Croutons of choice
4 large pieces of French bread, hollowed out to make bowls.

In a large saucepan, saute the onion and pepper in the butter for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often. Blend in the flour, then add the stock and white sauce. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring occasionally. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Add the green onions, and the salt and pepper to taste. Ladle the soup into the French bread bowl, garnish with reserved green onions and your croutons of choice. Sprinkle the cayenne over the top
Yield: 4 servings
Heat Scale: Medium

Caribbean Pepper Pot Soup

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There are dozens of variations of this soup (actually a stew) throughout the Caribbean. If you talk to a dozen people, you’ll get a dozen different recipes, with each person claiming theirs is the way to create the perfect Pepper Pot Soup! Here is a rather basic recipe, utilizing the ingredients that most cooks will agree upon. Please embellish it so that you have the best pepper pot.

4 acorn squashes
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 pound salt pork, rind removed and diced; or 1 salted pig’s tail
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon thyme
7 cups water
1 pound callaloo ( or substitute spinach) washed and chopped
1/2 pound potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 pound acorn squash, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 fresh Scotch bonnet (or habanero), stem and seeds removed, and minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
12 small okras, washed and sliced
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 cup cooked, chopped shrimp
Salt and pepper to taste

Take an acorn squash and cut it in half horizontally. Using a knife and spoon, remove the flesh of the squash leaving two “bowls.” Repeat three more times, separate out 1/2 pound you will need for this recipe, and freeze the rest for future use.
Place the onion, salt pork, garlic, thyme, and water into a large heavy soup pot or casserole, bring the mixture to a boil, skim any froth that rises to the surface in the first 4 to 5 minutes of boiling, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour.

Add the callaloo, potatoes, and and Scotch bonnet pepper to the soup, bring back to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for another 45 minutes.

Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet and saute the sliced okra until they are lightly browned, about 2 minutes, and then add them to the soup; simmer the soup for 5 more minutes, or until the okra is tender.

Stir the coconut milk and the shrimp into the soup and let it simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in the acorn squash bowls.

Yield: 8 servings
Heat Scale: Medium to Hot

 

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