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Pumpkin Contest Winner – Fireside Pumpkin Soup

9 Comments | Written on November 2, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

With the East coast blanketed in snow, this winning recipe has a very appropriate title:  “Fireside Pumpkin Soup.”  I imagine sitting by a crackling fire, enjoying spoonfuls of this slightly sweet and subtly spicy soup.  Not only does the soup use pumpkin puree, it is also topped with a “Spiced Pepita Gremolata.”    Pepitas are the green hulled kernels of a pumpkin seed, and a gremolata is a condiment with citrus zest and garlic.  This is one of those recipes where every component works together and compliments each other perfectly.  Check out Veronica’s winning dish and learn more about this accomplished cook!

Creamy spiced pumpkin soup is accented with a bright citrus gremolata. This fall favorite warms us to the core on cool New England autumn nights.

FIRESIDE PUMPKIN SOUP WITH SPICED PEPITA GREMOLATA  (click here to view and print recipe)

Spiced Pepita Gremolata:

1/2 cup  Pepitas

1 Tbsp  Finely Chopped Lemon Zest

1 Tbsp  Finely Chopped Orange Zest

1/8 tsp  Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp  Kosher Salt

1 clove  Garlic, minced

Soup:

1 Tbsp  Butter

2   Shallots, peeled and diced

1  Carrot, peeled and diced

1  (15 Oz) Can Pureed Pumpkin

1 tsp  Freshly Grated Ginger

1/8 tsp  Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp  Salt

1/2 tsp  Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Tbsp  Honey

2 cups   Vegetable Broth

1/2 cup  Half-and-half

1. To prepare the gremolata, place the pepitas in an even layer in a small nonstick skillet. Cook the pepitas over medium-high heat for 3 or 4 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest, orange zest, cayenne pepper, salt and minced garlic. Transfer gremolata to a small bowl and set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and carrot and cook until tender, stirring frequently, about 4-5 minutes.

3. Add the pumpkin, ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, pumpkin pie spice, honey, and the broth to the shallots. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Transfer mixture to a blender container or a food processor. Puree soup until smooth then return to the saucepan.

5. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the half-and-half and heat until warm.

6. To serve, ladle the soup into serving bowls and top with the gremolata.

Helpful Tips:

Pepitas are the green hulled kernels of pumpkin seeds and can be found in most large supermarkets–look for the unsalted variety. If you are unable to locate them, you may substitute sunflower seeds or even chopped pecans or walnuts.

Congratulations Veronica!  How did you come up with your winning recipe? 

My family loves soups so I am always creating interesting soups for everyone to try-I created this recipe for Thanksgiving last year.

What inspired you to enter the Better Recipes weekly contest again?

I love the Better Recipes weekly contest! I like when my recipe is selected but it is also a great resource for other people’s delicious recipes that I can make for my family.

Why do you think your recipe stood out to the judges?

Maybe it is because I used pumpkin in two ways, the puree as well as the use of pepitas for the gremolata.

Do you have any plans for the prize money?  Any plans if you should win the grand prize?

Well after getting a foot of snow the Saturday before Halloween I am thinking it is a bad omen for New England snow this winter so I think I would like to invest in a snow blower!

I hope it isn’t a bad omen, but it sounds like a snow blower might be a good investment!  Thanks again Veronica! 

Don’t forget, our recipe contest theme this week is “Maple.”  Click here to submit your recipes from now through Saturday at midnight!  Good luck everyone!

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