Coconut Curry Squash Soup and a Watermelon Radish
Squash-a-palooza is still happening here at my house. I roasted a butternut, delicata and a spaghetti squash today. I am almost caught up on squash. It is the first time in weeks that my counter has not had any type of squash on it. I’m feeling a little squashed out, if ya know what I mean.
At any rate, today’s tasty recipe includes the butternut and delicata squash puree and the original recipe can be found HERE.
My version is more like this:
2 large squash (5 pounds total)—halved lengthwise, peeled and seeded
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon curry powder
3 cups chicken stock
1 16oz can unsweetened coconut milk
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Set the squash, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Fill each cavity with 1/2 tablespoon of the butter; season with salt and pepper. Roast the squash for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, until tender; cut into large pieces.
- Meanwhile, in a large soup pot, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the olive oil. Add the onion, leek, shallot, ginger and curry powder and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned. Add the wine and cook until evaporated.
- Add the cooked squash, water, coconut milk and thyme. Simmer over moderately low heat for 15 minutes. Blend with immersion blender to desired smoothness or consistency.
- Viola — serve with a crusty bread for dipping!
This soup is pretty heavy in my opinion so I wanted something light like a salad to go with it. Originally, I thought I would just do a regular green salad but then I remembered that I still had some pomegranate to go with a little bit of feta cheese. AND, bonus, I had a watermelon radish.
Until now, I had never seen a watermelon radish but I could not resist when I found one at Whole Foods the other day. It is beautiful.
What does it taste like? Well, buckle your seat belts, it does not taste like watermelon. It is a very strong radish actually, which I like. But, if you are not necessarily a radish fan, this is not the one for you — pretty or not.
Have you ever had a watermelon radish?