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suggestion for soup for New Year's Day open house?

jwg Dec 30, 2012 01:22 PM

I always have an Open House on New Years Day from noon to 4 p.m. I serve a ham, turkey, black eyed peas and always a tureen of soup. Looking for a suggestion. In the past, I've done leek and potato, corn chowder, shaker country chicken. Just looking for inspiration ...

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    chloebell Dec 30, 2012 01:35 PM

    I'll be thinking about this. In the meantime, tell me about your Shaker Country Chicken soup.

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    1. re: chloebell
      jwg Dec 30, 2012 01:51 PM

      It's a recipe from Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, KY. Our family visited in the 70s and purchased their cookbook. We have enjoyed the recipe since that time. Chicken with celery, peppers, onion, and apple. It is finished with milk. I'll find the recipe and repost.

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        monfrancisco Dec 30, 2012 02:08 PM

        Funny-- I was going to suggest "Traditional Senegalese Soup '21' Club" (see Epicurious). Sounds very similar, with the addition of curry powder, raisins, and a little tomato paste. It's delicious, but maybe not different enough from what you've done in the past. Great minds and all...

        1. re: monfrancisco
          jwg Dec 30, 2012 07:51 PM

          yes, there is curry in the shaker chicken soup recipe. you just jogged my memory!

    2. herby Dec 30, 2012 01:39 PM

      I make mushroom-barley soup that everyone likes. I use Moosewood recipe and add soaked porcini mushrooms to the soup.

      Another soup that I like in the winter is pea soup made with smoked turkey instead of ham and a few dry chilis.

      1. weezieduzzit Dec 30, 2012 01:44 PM

        I've been craving beer cheese soup with popcorn on top for days.

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          LJS Dec 30, 2012 01:45 PM

          Because it is both delicious and colourful, I like curried butternut squash soups on such occasions-I mellow mine out with a can of mango, puree the results and spike it with rum.

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            DuchessNukem Dec 30, 2012 08:37 PM

            Ah, a butternut squash soup (w/apple and/or ginger) is so wonderful. So rich and satisfying.

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            hetook Dec 30, 2012 01:50 PM

            French Roasted Pumpkin and Celeriac with Walnut oil.

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              foodieX2 Dec 30, 2012 01:51 PM

              French onion!!! Always a hit around here, with or without the cheese topping.

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                thistle5 Dec 30, 2012 02:07 PM

                Yum! I want someone to invite me over for New Years, w/ that kind of spread-maybe a spinach, collards, or green-based soup to complement the blackeyed peas?

                1. JerryMe Dec 30, 2012 02:13 PM

                  We just went to a New Year's Eve-Eve party and the soup was chicken tortilla - Lots of additions to add - cheese, green pepper, more tortillas, avocados, diced tomatoes, onion. So, so good. Sorry that I don't have a recipe, but I will be bugging the host until I get it.

                  Oh! Roasted red peppers! "Smack" excellent!

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                    barberinibee Dec 30, 2012 02:15 PM

                    If your ham is not glazed, then I suggest a chestnut soup laced with dry sherry


                    I also think cauliflower is a surprisingly popular veg, and a cauliflower and apple curry soup smells and tastes wonderful if your crowd is OK with curry


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                    1. re: barberinibee
                      magiesmom Dec 30, 2012 02:36 PM

                      We like a chestnut soup fro New years also.

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                        barberinibee Dec 30, 2012 02:57 PM

                        Chestnut soup is so simple! It's also something of a conversation-provoker. Most people have never had it. But its natural sweetness and wintery warmth make it a crowd pleaser.

                        For a party, I sometimes like to have something that really makes the whole house smell great, which is why I also suggested a curry soup.

                        The rest of the open-house meal is so meaty and protein-y, I also wanted to stick to non-protein suggestions.

                    2. ddavis Dec 30, 2012 02:22 PM

                      I made a black bean with smoked ham soup last week. Made the stock with the carcass of a Greenberg Smoked Turkey Delicious!

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                        millygirl Dec 30, 2012 02:27 PM

                        Il Divo's steak and mushroom soup from the slow cooker thread sounds amazing. Cant wait to make it.

                      2. Bacardi1 Dec 30, 2012 02:39 PM

                        Sausage & Lentil soup is a New Year's traditional repast. And even though you're also serving black-eye peas, lentils are different enough to not make your menu too "beany".

                        And beans are always good luck for New Year's.

                        1. BaconBits Dec 30, 2012 08:39 PM

                          Cauliflower soup. I found a great recipe on Food52 and substituted 3 cups of water with chicken stock. It was easy, delicious, creamy AND healthy!!

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                            mexivilla Dec 31, 2012 04:52 AM

                            An "Open House" sounds like a standup affair. Let me suggest that your soup be a kind that can be served in a cup or mug.

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                              jwg Jan 2, 2013 07:24 PM

                              yes, I have a special set of mugs which I pull out each year for this party. I actually, ended serving gumbo. Although I like bean soups, thought that sometimes disagrees with people. I love the avogolemonno soup, but was uncertain how that would keep on a buffet in a tureen. Loved french onion soup, but thought that was best when you can melt the cheese on the crouton floating in the soup. Again, won't work on the buffet. Gumbo was great, although I may have ruined by Le Creuset dutch oven browning the sausage then the chicken in it. Need to work on scrubbing now.

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                              flamale863 Dec 31, 2012 05:10 AM

                              How about Spanish Bean Soup?? Its a big favorite here in Florida..Google a recipe and see if it appeals to you...You will need spanish chorizo,garbanzo beans(use canned) a meaty smoked ham bone and some saffron..We serve it with lots of hot crusty Cuban bread but if you dont have Cuban bread where you are use a crusty French bread....The rest of the ingredients are ordinary things...I hope you try it and i know you will love it...

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