November 19, 2012

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How to use A&B American Style: Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin is the official gourd of fall. After the bird, it’s the most common ingredient on Thanksgiving tables. Go out and buy a bunch of pumpkin.

Great move.

It’s not difficult to make your own pumpkin puree. Open the gourd and add heat until it softens (cut it in half and roast it, or cube it and boil it). Not that there’s anything wrong with getting canned pumpkin. There are plenty of high-quality all-natural, canned pumpkins at the store.
We prefer the real thing because then you get the seeds and stems. We haven’t yet found use for the stems. 

Season and toast the seeds and serve them alongside everything from vegetables to the soup recipe below (or just eat them out of a bowl).

American Style Pumpkin Soup
Ingredients for 4 servings:
  • Pumpkin Puree, 2 cups
  • Turkey Stock, 3 cups (you made this ahead of time right? LINK). If you don’t have enough, adding water to any stock will work.
  • Water, 3 cups (the ratio of stock to water can change depending on your taste, you’ll just need enough liquid to make the texture right)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Onion, diced (spanish, white, red, it’s all good)
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Red Fresno Chili Pepper, diced (our favorite, but you can sub any fresh chili you like)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup of A&B American Style Pepper Sauce (or more, to taste)
  • Creme fraiche
  • Salt & pepper

Directions
:
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat
  2. Add onion, garlic and chili pepper and cook, keeping the onions and garlic from browning by stirring or lowering the heat. Add some salt to help the process along
  3. When the onions start to turn translucent, add the cumin
  4. Stop.
  5. Inhale.
  6. There are a lot of odors happening in your kitchen. From this recipe and others. Try to identify each one.
  7. Resume as the cumin becomes fragrant
  8. Add the ground ginger
  9. Add the pumpkin puree and stir
  10. You want a smooth, velvety texture for this. Get that however you like. An immersion blender is most convenient, but less likely to get the best texture. A traditional blender or food processor will get a better texture, but you’ll need a second pot to return the mixture to unless you have a huge blender
  11. Stir in A&B American Style Pepper Sauce
  12. Add stock and water and simmer to bring the flavors together
  13. Season with salt & pepper
  14. You can do all of this a day ahead, and it might even be better when the flavors have time to rest together and become a cohesive unit. Just reheat gently before serving
  15. Serve with creme fraiche and more A&B American Style Pepper Sauce

Modifications to this recipe are also amazing. Play around with it. What matters is that you like it. We think making it for your family and friends adds warmth and flavor (not just heat). That's the American Style way to celebrate.

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