New England September Soup

 

 

Ingredients

Yale’s version

4  small lobsters, cooked
2  cups chicken broth or water
8  cups water
4  ears yellow corn
4  sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1   bay leaf
1  teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1  tablespoon butter, (no substitutions)
2  cups thinly sliced onions
1  small sugar pumpkin or butternut squash (2 lb..) peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/8  teaspoon nutmeg
1/2  cup heavy or whipping cream or 3/4 cup milk
3/4  to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2  teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  Pinch ground red pepper
1  tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 lb imitation lobster meat

48 oz can chicken broth

4 cups water

2 cups frozen corn

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 bay leaf

no peppercorns

1 tablespoon butter, (of course no substitution)

2 cups thinly sliced onions

29 oz can pumpkin

 

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream or 3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (see tip below)

1 tablespoon dried parsley

Directions:

Directions:

1. For the Lobster Broth, remove all lobster meat. Cut lobster meat into 3/4-inch dice; transfer to small bowl, cover and refrigerate. You should have about 2-1/2 cups. With sharp knife, split lobster carcasses (shells) in half. Remove head sack (it can cause bitterness). Combine lobster carcasses, chicken broth, and water in a large Dutch oven. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Skim any foam from top.
2. Remove kernels from corncobs (you should have 2 cups); set aside. Break corncobs in half, add to broth with thyme, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Reduce heat to medium and simmer broth, partially covered, 1 hour. Strain broth into a large bowl. Discard shells, corncobs, and herbs.
3. Melt butter in a 4-quart Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened and golden, 8 minutes. Stir in reserved lobster broth, corn kernels, pumpkin, and nutmeg. Simmer mixture until pumpkin is very tender, 30 to 45 minutes.
4. Puree soup in batches in blender or food processor. Strain mixture through a sieve into a medium saucepan and reheat over medium-low heat. Stir in cream, kosher salt, pepper, and ground red pepper. Gently warm soup 5 minutes. Add reserved lobster meat and cook until lobster is just heated through, about 2 minutes. Divide soup among 8 shallow serving bowls and sprinkle with parsley.

 

1.  Fill a large pot with chicken broth and water.  Add thyme, bay leaf, and no peppercorns. Heat broth to low boil, covered, 15 minutes. Strain the broth discarding the herbs.

 

 

 

 

2.  Melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened and golden, 8 minutes. Add onions to broth; add frozen corn kernels, and pumpkin, and nutmeg. Simmer mixture until pumpkin and corn is tender, less than 30 minutes.

 

3.  No need to puree or strain.  Just stir in cream, kosher salt, pepper, and seafood seasoning.  Continuing warming soup 5 minutes.  Add imitation lobster meat and cook until lobster is just heated through, about 2 minutes.  Sprinkle with parsley in serving bowls.

 

Tip:

Replace red pepper and peppercorns with 1-teaspoon seafood seasoning such as Old Bay or Bookbinders.