Curried Apple Soup
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 shallots, minced
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 small russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
- 3 3/4 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or milk
- Freshly ground pepper
- Sour cream, for garnish
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots; cook until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add ginger and curry powder; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add apples, potato, salt, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and cook until potato is tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly.
Use an immersion blender, or transfer mixture to the jar of a blender, working in batches if necessary so as not to fill more than halfway; puree just until smooth (do not overprocess). Return soup to pan; stir in cream, and season with salt and pepper. Place over medium heat until soup is just heated through; do not let it boil. Divide soup among serving bowls, and garnish with sour cream.