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Soup suggestions, please

ola Jan 24, 2010 07:50 PM

I am hosting a "Souper Bowl" party and plan to have four soups. One spicy, one vegetarian, one cream base and one chicken. Suggestions?

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    dagwood RE: ola Jan 24, 2010 07:55 PM

    Oh I adore soup. I've often said I'd like to open a restaurant called Soup and Cake. Because I don't really think you need anything else to be happy. :)

    Do you have Anna Thomas' Vegetarian Epicure? There's a recipe in there for Cream of Pea soup (fresh peas, not dried) that is out of this world. It calls for fresh in-the-pod peas, but I've always used frozen. And added much more wine than it calls for. The dumplings are a MUST. I made it for a fundraiser once and it was a HUGE hit. Requested more than any other. If you don't have it I'll pull it out and send you the recipe, if you'd like.

    Also, GREAT theme! For spicy, would you consider doing a chili? Or are you devoted to soup?

    I assume you'll have some crusty bread...will you be buying it or making it? Because I have some great recipes for bread too...

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      tahbol RE: dagwood Feb 6, 2010 11:44 AM

      That sounds delicious! I'd love the recipe.

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        Jetgirly RE: dagwood Feb 7, 2010 05:36 PM

        Another great pea soup (vegetarian, I think) is Pea Parmesan from the Daily Soup Cookbook.

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        dagwood RE: ola Jan 24, 2010 07:56 PM

        Okay, another thought...since the Saints are in it, you could do a Jambalaya for your "spicy" soup. Technically, it's a stew, but I think it could work. I might steal your theme...I love it!!!

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          ola RE: dagwood Jan 24, 2010 08:28 PM

          Great idea for the Saints spicy food but what do I serve for Indianapolis?

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            dagwood RE: ola Jan 24, 2010 08:31 PM

            Isn't Indiana corn country? Maybe a cream of corn, or corn chowder? That could be your vegetarian soup...

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              ola RE: dagwood Jan 24, 2010 08:47 PM

              Found a few corn chowder recipes. Thanks.

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              dagwood RE: ola Jan 24, 2010 08:33 PM


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              Phurstluv RE: dagwood Feb 6, 2010 01:48 PM

              Jambalya is not really a stew, and shouldn't be soupy at all. Its mainly a rice dish. Gumbo would be more of a soup consistency.

            4. WhatThePho RE: ola Jan 24, 2010 11:14 PM

              There's always coc au vin! Sooo delish, though it's a stew, I realize, and not a soup.

              Originally invented to tenderize the tough ol' rooster for stew, I'll bet it would be great for less tender free-range chickens.

              Yeah, date-night dinner is now planned!

              1. JEN10 RE: ola Jan 25, 2010 06:39 AM

                Gumbo, oh yea baby bring on the spice factor. Ina Garten has a great chicken noodle soup recipe IIRC. I just made the greek chicken and rice soup, won't even try to spell it , starts with an A. I do add diced carrots and peas to it. Split pea soup. I also make a nice tortellini soup with Italian sausage, peppers, zuchinni, really easy. How about a butternut squash and carrot soup?

                1. Emme RE: ola Jan 25, 2010 06:35 PM

                  For the chicken, how about Chicken Tortilla soup.

                  For veggie, Mushroom Barley

                  For spicy, either a spicy gazpacho or spicy albondigas.

                  For cream, Ina's Cream of Mushroom http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in... (i do puree it add the end, reserving 1/2 the mushrooms, then adding them back in. I also sometimes swap Marsala and veggie broth for the white wine and water.
                  )Or, a Cream of Crab Soup http://allrecipes.com/recipe/karyns-c... (I'd sub in some shrimp for some of the crab, start with about 1/2 of the Old Bay, add some garlic, and maybe some parsley at the end to finish. if you prefer it a bit thicker, add some cornstarch mixed with half and half).

                  Sounds like a Souper Sunday! I'd love to be your guest :-)

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                    jvanderh RE: Emme Jan 25, 2010 07:46 PM

                    Well, now I want soup :-)

                    One I make a lot is butternut bisque. Super easy and pretty flavorful-- sautee some garlic, add squash pieces, salt, and stock, cook, add cream cheese, and puree.

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                    ola RE: ola Feb 5, 2010 09:52 PM

                    I started making the soups today. Barley with ham hock - already done. Tomorrow, I'll make the corn chowder and the vegetarian greek lentil and on Sunday, I'll make the gumbo. I'm getting a few breads and friends are bringing the appetizers and desserts. Should be fun.

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                      JEN10 RE: ola Feb 6, 2010 09:28 AM

                      Hope your soups are a hit! Have fun cooking and slurping.

                    2. chefathome RE: ola Feb 6, 2010 11:47 AM

                      Vicchyssoise is simple and tasty. One of my favourites is roasted carrot with a ginger swirl and pepitas. Celeriac and roasted pear is yummy, too.

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                        chefathome RE: chefathome Feb 6, 2010 11:49 AM

                        Different types of croutons are fun additions as are swirls of creme fraiche or spicy oils.

                      2. jlunar RE: ola Feb 6, 2010 08:09 PM

                        I think I'm too late for Superbowl soup, but I just finished writing up the Chinese-style chicken soup that I enjoy with pasta shells. It's just (well, it can be) a really intense soup. Could also go well with rice. Really nice if you make the Hainanese style chicken to go with it - maybe just tear off chunks of chicken to float in the soup/rice mix.


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