(15-16) Butternut Squash Soup & Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Isn’t butternut squash delicious?

Aren’t sweet potatoes divine?

Don’t you adore a Granny Smith apple?

Aren’t garlic, ginger and red curry among the most tasty flavors?

And don’t you just dream of combining them all in one yum-o soup?

I thought so.  And so I bring you Butternut Squash soup.  Mmm.

I also made a salad to accompany said soup.  The croutons I made from leftover French bread (remember that recipe?).  I also made the buttermilk dressing, but I wouldn’t put that tasteless sludge in my recipe box and so I will not provide you with the recipe.  Don’t cry, toots!  I’ll make a better buttermilk dressing another day.

Spiced Butternut Soup
from December 2010 Southern Living

2 tablespoons butter
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely grated ginger
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and cubed
4 cups turkey broth
2 bay leaves
1-1/2 teaspoon red curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt & Pepper


Melt butter in a large Dutch oven; add onion and bell pepper and sauté 8 minutes or until onion is golden.

Stir in garlic, ginger, squash, sweet potato, apple, turkey broth, bay leaves, red curry powder and pepper.


Add 4 cups water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool 20-30 minutes.


Process soup,  in batches, in a blender until smooth.


Return soup to Dutch oven and add cream.  Simmer over low heat until warm.

Croutons
1 cup French bread, cubed
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 clove garlic, minced finely


Toss bread cubes in butter, paprika and garlic.  Place under broiler and toast until golden brown.


Scatter on salad and enjoy!

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