Friday, September 14, 2007

Jack-O-Lantern Soup!

If you are feeling extra adventurous this turkey day, may I suggest taking a nod from BK and making your own creamy, luscious, local, pumpkin soup in it's own shell?

Scared? Don't be! Follow a few simple steps when making this lovely dish and your taste buds and dinner guests will fight over who gets to thank you first!


In order to get all of the pulpy goodness from this sugar pumpkin (yes, there is a difference. a sugar pumpkin has more flesh, is sweeter, and makes a lovely presentation piece) you should probably find a glass dish that fits the base of the pumpkin, for when you are scraping out the goodness from inside after it has been roasting for a while. That way you can finish the soup in a pot on the stove and then place it back in the pumpkin for serving. Totally not a fake out...it's as authentic as the fresh sage you use to garnish!

We served this for our big dinner last night and the complete silence was all the feedback I needed to know I had a winner. So go ahead, go pumpkin picking for a purpose this year! I promise you will thank me.

Now please excuse me while I lick my bowl...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

a beautiful presentation! don't forget your promise to prepare this pumpkin soup at our thanksgiving feast!!! now, about that pumpkin pie.....

xox

nancy b

amandajean said...

glad that the soup was a success. the presentation is fantastic.

how did the rest of dinner go?

countrygirlcityliving said...

Nancy B-
You are on!

AmandaJean-
This is the first time that I can honestly say it all went off without a hitch. Everyone was taking thirds and there was complete silence after we brought out each dish. I didn't love the squash but everyone else did, so that was good. Unless they were just being nice!

Thank you for asking!! Any luck with the caramel?

david mcmahon said...

Great work all round, on the soup and the post.

katiez said...

We love pumpkin soup! I first started making it with Libby's but when we moved here that was no longer an option so now I grow my own... more pig food, the neighbors say, along with the sweet corn...
Just more for us!

countrygirlcityliving said...

David-
Thanks so much! I wish you could have had a try...it was delicious! Just think, when you start seeing pumpkins we will be in asparagus season! G-d bless mother nature :)
Lindsay

countrygirlcityliving said...

Katie-
I hope when we really do move to the country you will share your secrets for growing these lovely gourds and other such goodies!
All the best,
Lindsay

Anonymous said...

this would be really really cute served in individual mini pumpkins as bowls too... :)

countrygirlcityliving said...

Anonymous-
If I didn't know better I would have thought that you were a dinner guest of ours overhearing my neuroses!!!
Is that you Em?