Friday, October 22, 2010

pumkin soup with chipolte cream and toasted pumpkin seeds


  • 1 medium pumpkin, about 4 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 6 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, plus 1 cup, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Large pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Whole leaves flat-leaf parsley, as a garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • pumpkin seeds from pumpkin


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Halve the pumpkin from top to bottom and scoop out seeds and place it, cut side down, on an oiled baking sheet. Bake until the pumpkin can be easily skewered, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool for about 20 minutes.  Place the washed pumpkin seeds on a baking tray and sprinkle with a good sea salt and bake in the oven while baking the pumpkin for about 20 minutes or until crunchy.

With a spoon, scrape the pulp and reserve. Discard the skin. Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and the bacon is just turning golden, about 7 minutes. Add the pumpkin and stock and simmer until the pumpkin falls apart, about 30 minutes. Let cool for about 20 minutes.
In batches, puree the soup in a blender on high speed, 3 minutes per batch, until very smooth. Strain through a fine mesh into a clean soup pot and add the cream, orange juice and nutmeg.
Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick, correct the consistency with additional water or stock. Chop 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper. Whip 1 cup cream to soft peak. Stir peppers into cream. Ladle the hot soup into bowls. Spoon dollop of chipotle cream into soup. Sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds.

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