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Piping Hot Soups and Stews for the New Year (Recipes)

January 6th, 2010

Keep warm this winter! Try our celebrity chefss soup and stew recipes!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Toppings

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pounds butternut squash, peeled
  • and seeded
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 2 McIntosh apples, peeled and cored
  • 3 tablespoons¬† olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon good curry powder (use more to taste)
  • Minced scallions, dried coconut, and toasted, salted cashew for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cut the butternut squash, onions and apples in 1-inch cubes. Place them on a sheet pan and toss with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Divide the squash mixture between 2 sheet pans and spread it in a single layer. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, until very tender.

Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock to a simmer. When the vegetables are done, put them through a food mill fitted with the medium blade. (Alternatively, you can place the roasted vegetables in batches in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add some of the chicken stock and coarsely puree.) When all of the vegetables are processed, place them in a large pot and add enough chicken stock to make a thick soup. Add the curry powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Taste for seasonings to be sure there’s enough salt and pepper to bring out the curry flavor

Reheat, Garnish with scallions, coconut, and cashews, and serve!

Seared Lamb Stew with Cipolline  Onions And Potatoes

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of excess fat and sinew, meat cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 18 small cipolline onions
  • 12 small red-skinned potatoes, halved
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the lamb with salt and pepper. Toss the lamb with the flour in a large bowl to coat. Working in 2 batches, add the lamb to the pot and cook until brown, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the lamb to a bowl. Pour off the excess oil. Add the garlic to the same pot and saute over medium heat until tender and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced by half, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot, about 5 minutes. Return the lamb to the pot. Stir in the broth, tomatoes with their juices, and tomato paste. Cover partially and simmer over medium-low until the lamb is just tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, cook the onions in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and cool. Peel the onions and cut off the root ends. Add the onions, potatoes, and carrots to the stew. Simmer until the lamb and vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes longer. Season the stew, to taste, with salt and pepper.

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