Food: Make butternut squash bisque
Tribune Food Columnist
It’s fall, y’all!!
Summer is over and autumn is in the air. Pumpkins, squash, and apples are filling the produce section at the grocery store. One of my favorite fall vegetables is, without a doubt, butternut squash. I just can’t get enough; it is so creamy, smooth, and extremely versatile.
This soup recipe is quick and easy, perfect for a midweek dinner. You can even omit the oven-roasting process by placing all of the ingredients in your crockpot on low while you’re at work — puree it when you get home. This isn’t the first and it won’t be the last butternut squash recipe you see from me.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH BISQUE
Makes 4 servings.
1 large butternut squash, cut in 1-inch cubes*
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and halved
1 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
4 cups of broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. allspice
2 tbsp. heavy cream (for garnish)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the squash, apples and onion in olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Place the mixture on a baking sheet and roast for 25 to 30 minutes. Once the squash has softened remove the baking sheet from the oven. Working in batches, puree the squash mixture in a blender or food processor pouring in a little broth at a time. When each batch is smooth pour it into a clean pot over medium heat. Season with ground ginger and allspice. Taste and season to your liking.
Serve with a drizzle of heavy cream. Enjoy!
*The safest way to cut a butternut squash is to first make sure it is stable. Use a sharp kitchen knife to cut half an inch from the top and bottom of the squash. Discard the top and bottom of the squash. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the squash until you see the orange flesh. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop away the seeds and membranes. Now you can safely chop the squash into cubes.
Chef Arica Davis is owner/operator of Yummy Fixins, Personal Chef Services and Pasta Parties. Visit http://www.yummyfixins.com or call 530-539-4504 to book your next dinner party.
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