Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkin Soup and Seeds

The first time I heard of Pumpkin Soup, I thought "Ewwww"! It just didn't sound like a good idea to me, but then I had the opportunity to have some and was I ever surprised. I loved it! Good thing I have an open mind. If you've never had Pumpkin Soup before, this is the perfect time of year to try it out.

Pumpkin Soup

Chop your fresh pumpkin into small cubes, remove the rind, and simmer in salted water for 30 minutes. Then follow the recipe:

1 finely chopped onion
2 Tbl butter
2 Tbl flour
2 lbs. pumpkin (abt. 2 c.)
5 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. white vermouth (optional)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 egg yolks
1 c. whipping cream

Saute the onion in butter until it's soft, then stir in the flour. Mash the pumpkin into a puree and add it. Then add the chicken broth, salt and vermouth (if you're using it - there was none in the soup I had). Cover it and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the ginger and nutmeg. Mix the egg yolks and cream together and add to soup. Heat it until hot but not boiling. This serves 6.

Serve the soup in a hollowed out pumpkin. It'll be big hit!

Don't throw the seeds away. Any time we carve pumpkins, or use them for baking goodies, I roast the seeds. They are one of my favorite fall treats.

Pumpkin Seeds

Wash the seeds off. Then mix 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce, 3 Tbl melted butter, and salt to taste. Stir that over 2 c. of pumpkin seeds, spread out on a cookie sheet and bake at 225 for 2 hours. They make a great substitute for some of the candy through the holidays!

1 comment:

  1. I have a squash soup recipe--butternut squash--that I got on that is wonderful. I think it might be even better if I made it with pumpkin--I do skip the heavy cream, though.

    Pumpkin seeds were a wonderful week's worth of math and science when I taught first grade. First we extimated the wieght of the pumpkin and weighed it. We measured each child's pumpking and compared the circumference. Then we estimated how many seeds might be in the big class pumpkin. When we carved it we had to dig all of them out and clean them. Of course, since we had estimated the number, we had to count them (great for place value--we grouped them in tens, grouped the tens in to hundreds.) Then we had to subract to see who was closest to the actual. The ones who estimated one million were never quite close. For some reason I remember that one pumpkin had 502 seeds. We baked some pumpkins to make pies and we roasted the seeds. (Reading a recipe.) Some pumpkin seeds we saved to plant in the spring.

    All this is in test of your comments poster, though I must try your pumpkin soup and compare it with my squash soup. Let's see if this comment becomes visible.



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