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Nov 14, 2014
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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

SOUP+FALL = COMFORT. Don’t you agree?  There’s nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup on a cold fall day.  This week we have been having a cold snap here and the freezing temperatures at night have been calling out for food that makes you just want to wrap yourself in a blanket in front of the fire with a great glass of wine and a steaming hot bowl of butternut squash soup with bourbon and apples.  This is exactly what we’ve done.  This combination of great fall squash with sweet apples and caramel flavor from the bourbon…..this made our week! You could make this with pumpkin also, and you could leave out the bourbon if you wanted. It would still be delicious.  This made enough soup for us to have all week so you could make less and still have plenty for leftovers!  It only gets better the next day so go make some soup and settle in for some fall comfort!!!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

INGREDIENTS

1/2 c. butter

4 T. olive oil

2 ea. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks

2 leeks, cleaned and diced

1 onion, diced

1/4 c. minced ginger

4 T. minced garlic

2 apples (I used honey crisp), peeled and diced

1  1/2 c. bourbon

chicken stock (you could use vegetable stock or water if you wanted)

1/4 c. cream

1/2 c. maple syrup

kosher salt

pepper

pomegranate seeds

french baguette

Gruyere cheese

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

DIRECTIONS

For the Soup

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

Heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat in a large soup pot.  Add leeks, onions, garlic and ginger and sauté until translucent, approximately 5-6 minutes.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

Add cubed squash and cook, stirring until edges begin to soften, approximately 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, but you will season again at the end so do so easily.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

Add diced apples and sauté for another minute.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

Pour in bourbon and let cook for 1-2 minutes.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

Add approximately 8 c. chicken stock, enough to cover all the vegetables.  You can always add more later if needed.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered  until squash is soft and cooked all the way through.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

Remove from heat and blend soup with a hand blender, or in batches in a regular blender.  Be careful because this is super hot!!!  When soup is totally blended put back on stove and add cream, maple syrup and salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and let flavors blend for 10-15 minutes.  Taste for seasoning.  You can add more or less of the cream and maple syrup depending on your tastes.

For the Gruyere Crostini

Preheat oven to 350F.

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Slice the baguette on the bias and brush with olive oil on both sides.  Sprinkle with salt and bake until crostini are golden and crisp.  Place thin slices of gruyere on top of crostini and place back in the oven to melt.  Serve atop soup. Sprinkle with fresh pomegranate seeds to garnish.

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BOURBON AND APPLES

 

Have a great weekend!!! Keep warm!!

Beijos e Tchau!

Ludmilla and Marilyn Chudda

 

 

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  1. Angie - 09/11/2015 - 14h12

    This sounds amazing! So good!

  2. Christine - 09/11/2015 - 15h27

    Agree! Fall and WInter are such a wonderful time to dig into a big bowl of hearty soup, and this recipe will definitely hit the spot.

  3. Becky @ Disney in your Day - 09/11/2015 - 17h35

    Everything about this sounds delicious! I love a good fall soup.

  4. Kam Kay - 10/11/2015 - 01h15

    Love Fall for the great recipes it brings along.

  5. This looks fabulous! I love the addition of the pomegranate seeds and the cheesy, crunchy baguette.

  6. Ashley - 10/11/2015 - 16h11

    Yum! I have a butternut squash that needs to be eaten soon and this recipe seems perfect for it!

  7. Rachel - 11/11/2015 - 18h12

    Yum! Always looking for more ways to eat butternut squash. 🙂

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