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Soup garnish help

hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 07:52 AM

I am going to do a Jerusalem Artichoke soup for the holidays, and in the Xmas theme, and I would like to garnish it with a swirl of cranberry and something pistachio.
So I have two questions:

a) what would you do to create a little swirl of cranberry? reduce juice to a syrup?
b)Other than just sprinkling on some pistachios, any other interesting ideas? Might be a good place to get a more salty/savoury bite here since the soup will be creamy (and JA have an inherent sweetness) and the cranberry will be sweet and tart.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 07:54 AM

    How about Red Tortilla Chips as a salty garnish?

    And instead of cranberry juice, I would swirl in Sriracha.

    1. Terrie H. RE: hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 08:00 AM

      I think the chopped pistachios is a nice idea -- it will provide a textural contrast. Maybe some pomegranate seeds can be used instead of cranberry.

      1. splatgirl RE: hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 08:04 AM

        make a cranberry coulis--macerated fresh or cooked cranberries pureed then strained. Adjust consistency as needed.

        What about pomegranate molasses and/or the fresh seeds (arils)?

        I am a huge fan of a crostini or fancy crouton or two with cream soups. Cut baguette on the extreme bias to make longish, politely dippable crostini that open a lot of options for plating/garnishing.

        Also be aware that JA's produce gastric distress in many people.

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        1. re: splatgirl
          greygarious RE: splatgirl Nov 26, 2012 08:33 AM

          Melt jellied cranberry sauce for an easy coulis,.

        2. chefathome RE: hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 09:39 AM

          Make some spicy pepitas to add to the top for crunch. If you can find it, pumpkinseed oil swirled on top would be divine. We use it a lot on our creamy soups. I was going to mention pomegranate molasses but someone has already.

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            katecm RE: hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 09:43 AM

            I wonder if you could do a pistachio lace cookie, adding a bit of extra salt so that it doesn't veer too sweet. Then you'd have a great texture.

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            1. re: katecm
              ipsedixit RE: katecm Nov 26, 2012 09:50 AM

              Or how about Pistachio Chips?

            2. hotoynoodle RE: hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 09:52 AM

              mix together fresh squeezed orange juice and an equal amount of tablespoons of cayenne or chili powder, and toss the nuts in that. bake on a cookie sheet about 45-60 minutes, til nuts are dry.

              or candy them, adding copious amounts of salt and cayenne to the sugar mix.

              long, toasted slices of baguette have already been mentioned. you could spread cranberry compote on those, over a bit of pistachio-flecked goat cheese.

              1. foodieX2 RE: hungryabbey Nov 26, 2012 09:59 AM

                What a about a swirl of hot sauce with a swirl of of either pesto or a parsley puree?

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                  hungryabbey RE: hungryabbey Nov 28, 2012 05:54 AM

                  So many great ideas! Thank you all!

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