Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Butternut Squash Soup with Cider Cream

This is a recipe back from my days at Oregon State--in my Food Science Class (I was a dietetics major). It's cold and rainy here today and it makes me yearn for fall! Autumn is my most favorite cherished time of the year. I can't explain it, I just love it so much. When you have an abundance of squash on hand (or when I happily shop at my local Farmer's Market next month) come back to this recipe. It's interesting and yummy.

Butternut Squash Soup with Cider Cream
Oregon State University Food Science Class

-2.5 lbs Butternut Squash
-5 Tbsp Butter
-2 cups Leeks
-1/2 cup Carrots
-1/2 cup Celery
-2/3 cup Sour Cream
-2 small Granny Smith Apples
-1.5 tsp dried Thyme
-1/2 tsp dried Sage Leaves
-5 cups Chicken Broth
-1.5 cups Apple Cider
-1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
-1/2 cup fresh Chives (for garnish)

1. Peel, seed and cut Butternut Squash into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Chop Leeks, Peel & Chop Carrots, Chop Celery, Peel, Core & Chop Apples, Crumble Sage Leaves, Chop fresh Chives.
3. Melt Butter in Large Saucepan over Medium Heat, Add squash, onions, carrot and celery; sauté until slightly softened, about 15 minutes
4. Mix in Apples, Thyme and Sage. Add Chicken Broth & 1 cup Cider and bring to Boil.
5. Reduce Heat to Med-Low. Cover and simmer until apples are tender, stirring occasionally (about 30 minutes).
6. Cool slightly
7. Working in batches, puree soup in blender and return to pan.
8. Boil remaining 1/2 cup cider in small saucepan until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 5 mintues) and let cool.
9. Place Sour Cream in a small bowl, whisk in reduced cider.
10. Bring Soup to simmer, mix in heavy whipping cream.
11. Ladle soup into bowls, drizzle with cider cream and top with chives.

This recipe can be made the day before up to #9. Just store both items in refrigerator.

Dutch Babies

Derek made these for me on one of our first breakfast dates. I worked a lot in the evening so he invited me over for breakfast--and the best part was that he cooked!!

Dutch Babies
The Taste of Oregon Cookbook**Recipe Card written by Derek's Mom

-1/3 cup butter
-5 large eggs
-1 cup milk
-1 cup flour

Put butter im 9x13 inch dish and set in a 425 degree oven to melt. While melting, put eggs into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk and then the flour, blend an additional 30 seconds. Pour into the hot baking dish (that holds the melted butter). Bake until brown & puffy, about 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately with powdered sugar, lemon juice, jam or syrup.

Our family of four eats this all up FAST, the kids love it! We will have to start making two of these very soon!

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