Recipe: Pumpkin Bisque II

This is a revision of my first Pumpkin Bisque recipe.

1 splash beer (optional)
1 small pie pumpkin (about 3 pounds)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 carrot, finely diced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
2 shallots, finely diced
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups boxed chicken broth (vegetable broth can be substituted for a vegetarian recipe)
1 tablespoon herbes de provence
1 bay leaf
1 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 375 and open a beer.

2. Remove fibrous/seedy part of pumpkin with a spoon, peel off the shell and cut the flesh into 1-inch cubes. Place in a covered baking dish with 1/2 inch of water and drizzle with maple syrup. Cook until fork-tender, about 30 minutes.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat in a large, heavy-bottom saucepan. Add the diced vegetables and sauté, seasoning with salt and pepper and stirring occasionally until soft. If the pan gets a little dry, add a splash of beer rather than more butter.

4. Add broth and herbs to pan and bring to a boil.

5. Pour off liquid from baking dish and add pumpkin to simmering soup, mashing gently with a fork.

6. Simmer 5 minutes, add cream and remaining butter. Remove from heat as soon as soup returns to boil.

7. Discard bay leaf, blend soup until combined and visibly chunk-free, but some texture and bite remains.

8. Pour into four bowls and garnish with sour cream, crumbled bacon and fresh basil.  Serve immediately with crusty bread or croutons.

5 thoughts on “Recipe: Pumpkin Bisque II

  1. I made a tasty acorn squash soup a few years ago with a not too dissimilar recipe. The big thing that stuck out to me was that I used some chopped “fresh” dates as part of the garnish. I recommend trying that some time, it goes very well with squash.

  2. I noticed that your beer of choice is the award winning Pabst Blue Ribbon. Did you choose this beer for it’s robust, full flavor?

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