Chayote Squash & Roasted Pepper Soup

Ingredients

2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
7 ounces stock (chicken or vegetable)
8 ounces water
1/2 onion, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 bell peppers (orange or red)
Olive oil
Salt
3 chayote squash (also called mirlitons), peeled, deseeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces milk
1/2 serrano chile, deseeded and minced
14 ounces stock (chicken or vegetable)
8 ounces water
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons Kosher salt

Preparation

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Place peppers on top rack of oven and roast for 50-60 minutes at 450 degrees or until blackened and soft. (Layer foil on the rack below to keep clean up easy.)
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Put peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit and steam until cool enough to hold. Peel, destem and deseed. Save juice and pepper pulp in the bowl.
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In a medium sized pot, swirl olive oil in the bottom and cook down celery, carrots, scallions, onions and garlic until soft.
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Add stock and water to the pot of vegetables and stir.
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Carefully pour veggies into a blender. Starting at a low speed, blend until chunks begin to disappear. Drop in roasted pepper pieces one by one. Blend until soup reaches desired consistency.* Salt to taste.
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Pour back into pot and simmer on low heat.
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Add more stock if it’s too thick.
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Chayote Squash Soup
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In a heavy pot, sweat scallions, onions and garlic in olive oil until tender.
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Add squash, water and stock and allow to boil until squash is tender, approximately 20 minutes.
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Add milk, cornstarch, cumin and serrano chiles. Stir until incorporated.
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Carefully pour hot liquid into a blender and blend until chunks break up. Drop in parsley, cilantro and salt and continue blending until desired consistency is reached.* Add more salt if desired.
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Add more milk (make sure it’s fairly warm) or chicken stock if you prefer it thinner.
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Now the fun part! The zen-like part! Using two heavy spoons, ladle the red pepper soup in one and the chayote in the other. Pour into a wide bowl simultaneously. This will take some practice if you want to get a perfect yin yang. What you see in our bowl is not evidence of perfection, but we’ll work on our ladle skills another time. Use a toothpick, or your finger if so inclined, to create other fun patterns. Pipe on a bit of sour cream or crème fraîche if you’re really feeling feisty!

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