Pumpkin Soup With Pimenton and Preserved Lemon
Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, creators of the seasonal recipe series "Canal House Cooking," developed this side dish in order to showcase a beautiful hollowed-out pumpkin. "We thought it would be great to use one as a centerpiece, an edible tureen for the soup. It provides that ta-da factor. There's some olive oil in there, but it's really just a wholesome recipe, deliciously prepared. We love the combination of the preserved lemon and the pimenton -- it adds that richness of flavor without bringing in extra fat."
- 1 8-10 lb. Rouge Vif d'Etampes, Cinderella, or cheese pumpkin
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon pimenton
- 2 preserved lemons, rinds removed and chopped finely (save fruit for another use)
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 4-6 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium store-bought stock
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut out a lid around stem end of pumpkin and set aside. Scrape out and discard seeds and string. Put pumpkin on a baking sheet along with lid. Brush pumpkin flesh with oil. Rub in salt, pepper, and pimenton. Add lemons, garlic, and bay leaves. Fill pumpkin halfway with stock.
Roast until flesh is soft when pierced with a paring knife, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. (Take care not to puncture skin.) Replace lid for effect and serve soup at table, scraping flesh from bottom and sides into broth, then ladling it into bowls.
SourceWhole Living, November 2010