31 October 2009

Spanish Halloween

Halloween in Spain is becoming more popular year by year, the UK and American influence has rubbed off and provides the opportunity for kids of all ages to enjoy Halloween and have a bit of fun on October 31st. After being outdoors trick or treating on a cold Andalucian night what better than some traditional Halloween pumpkin soup....Enjoy.

Ingredients: (Feeds the family!)

2 kilos Pumpkin, peeled and chopped
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
2 Onions, diced
4 Potatoes, cubed
1 ltr Chicken stock
500 mls Cream
400g Cured pancetta
Cracked black pepper
Olive oil

How to make:

In a soup pan (or Spanish “Olla”) cook the onion and garlic until the onion becomes translucent.

Add the pumpkin and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, add stock and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cut the cured pancetta into strips and then dice, lightly fry in olive oil until crispy and golden brown.

Blend the soup in the pan using a hand blender.

Add the cream and cracked black peppercorns and mix well.

Serve up the soup and sprinkle very generously with the fried pancetta.

Enjoy with fresh crusty bread.

Happy Halloween!!!

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