Since 'tis the season to be jolly...
Oh... right... season to be scary...
Anyway, a nice recipe for your Halloween party or just for whenever you feel like it...
You will need:
5 tbs unsalted butter
2 medium onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
6 cups (1-inch cubes) pumpkin (or butternut squash)
2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
5 cups chicken stock (or if you don't want to go through all that hassle, use a couple of stock cubes)
1 cup apple cider (the stronger the better!
2 or 3 fresh sage leaves
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Take a large pot and over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and celery, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. They have to be soft but not browned. Add the pumpkin or squash, apples, stock, cider, and sage, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove the sage leaves.
Blend the soup until smooth, stir in the cream, and cook until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
This serves 8 to 10 people...