Pumpkin Time

by wjw on October 19, 2007

Scott and Pat gave us some lovely homegrown pumpkins, so clearly it was time to make Chef Francoise’s Creole Pumpkin Soup.
Elsewhere on this blog I have detailed my adventures with Chef Francoise and her husband, Baron le Vison. The Creole Pumpkin Soup was, at least on odd-numbered days, my favorite thing at the Courtyard Kitchen, and after a certain amount of begging, Chef Francoise transmitted the recipe to me in her own hand. So far as I know I’m the only person to have been granted this privilege. But I have been authorized to share it with you, and here it is.

Chef Francoise’s Creole Pumpkin Soup

2 lbs pumpkin (about 6 cups), peeled, cleaned, and cut into 3/4″ cubes.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

1 ounce bacon (about 3 strips), diced.

1 medium onion diced finely.

1/2 teaspoon dry thyme

1 clove garlic chopped finely

1 bay leaf

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 lb carrots diced finely, cooked separately in a little chicken stock

8 cups chicken stock degreased

1/2 cup cream

2 tablespoons dry sherry

Saute bacon in vegetable oil. Add diced onion, pumpkin, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, black pepper, Worcestershire, tomato paste, and 2 cups of chicken stock. Stir, bring to boil. Cook about 40 minutes until pumpkin grows very soft. (I advise cooking the hell out of this pumpkin!) Add cooked carrots.

Remove bay leaf. Either crush carrots and pumpkin against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon, or puree quickly in a food processor. Do not over-puree, you want to have some texture left.

Add remaining stock cup by cup. Reheat gently.

Off heat. Add cream and sherry. Serve with French bread, butter, and maybe a crisp white Burgundy.

Serves 10. It’s very rich.

Try not to die of bliss.

tcastleb October 19, 2007 at 4:32 am

Okay. One of these days I’m going to drive out to your house just for dinner. That looks really, really yummy.

Rebecca S. October 19, 2007 at 3:18 pm

The soup looks and sounds delicious. [mops drool off keyboard] I’m going to try the recipe. Thanks for posting it.

qtera31 October 19, 2007 at 4:38 pm

And you will be bringing some of this over soon – right!?!
There are lots more pumpkins and tomatos that need good homes.

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