Monday, September 22, 2014
Creamy Apple and Parsnip Soup
HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!!! Glory be! I just adore autumn and all of the wonderful changes. Cool sweater-weather, changing leaves, and soup, soup, soup!
And what a great beginning to fall we got here in southeastern Tennessee today....highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. There's a nice breeze and I just couldn't stop myself, I had to make some soup. The problem was which one to choose. Not to worry though, I plan on going through my soup file one by one. So if you, too, are a soup aficionado, stay tuned.
Looking at recipes on the horizon I think to myself "That one! No that one! But that one is my favorite." Fact is, I don't have a favorite. They're all so good. From creamy to broth-based or vegetarian to beef stew, I won't turn down any of them. Soup is probably my favorite dish to make and to eat. I had only made one soup with parsnips before (Spinach and Parsnip Soup Dijon......it's one of my favorites! hehehe) so this recipe was on top of the stack I had prepared for the advent of autumn. It's a new one for me and, yes, it was no disappointment.
You could keep this vegan by omitting the cream and the flavor is just as good. It does make a nice bridge between the earthiness of the parsnips and the tartness of the apple. The Granny Smith I got was on the lemon-end of tartness and I wasn't sure it would work, but it all came together beautifully. A delicious beginning to my favorite season.
CREAMY APPLE and PARSNIP SOUP (6 servings)
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
3/4-1 lb parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 lb tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
scant 1/8 tsp ground cloves (taste when done, add a tiny bit more if you desire)
fresh thyme sprigs
1/4 cup heavy cream
t Tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
In a large saucepan, heat EVOO over medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add parsnips, apples, garlic, and clove and cook, stirring occasionally, about 1-2 minutes. Add stock and 6 sprigs of thyme. Season with S&P.
Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Simmer until apples and parsnips are tender, about 25 minutes. Discard thyme. Using an immersion blender, puree (or transfer to a blender, puree, then return to pan). Stir in cream and season with any additional S&P to taste. Garnish with pepitas and remaining thyme sprigs.
Recipe Source: Everyday with Rachel Ray, October 2014, Apple Recipes Insert, p. 9