Pre-Thanksgiving soup ideas
I always make a hearty soup for a family meal for the night before Thanksgiving. I usually just serve with a good bread and a green salad. But I like to change up the kind of soup each year, and this year I'm drawing a blank. Hoping you Food52ers can give me some inspiration!
Past soups have included various kinds of chilis (including sweet potato and barley chili), a thick yogurt and barley soup and a root vegetable purée. It DOESN'T need to be vegetarian, though that's frequently what I land on. I do like to avoid poultry, however, because, well, you know what's coming the next day....
Thanks in advance for your ideas!
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I find always a crowd pleaser
A Thai coconut curry soup. Use eggplant, mushrooms, yellow squash for the veggie base sauteed in Red Curry paste (supermarket brand is fine)...and add lime zest...simmer with coconut milk. Add chicken stock...and finish with fish sauce and LOTS of lime juice.
You can adjust the heat and personalize the basic recipe for what you happen to have locally.
Given today's main article about Tahini a tahini based spread with pita bread would be a nice addition. https://food52.com/blog/11667-14-reasons-to-love-tahini?
One follow-up question though, Sam: I usually eat my Thai soups with chicken as the protein, but would like to avoid poultry on Thanksgiving eve. While I love tofu, not everyone present will be happy to go that route. So I'm wondering what you think would be a good protein option to to put in this soup? Shrimp might be nice but it's really hard to find good ones. If beef, what cut/form? Would pork work? Would lobster work, or would the strong Thai flavored overwhelm the lobster?
You could even serve it over rice if you want something more filling.
Oh, and add some red peppers to give it a bit of color in the mix.
For the shrimp. Get ones that frozen. In land locked places the ones on ice are previously frozen. So skip that and get the frozen ones. Peel and chop them and sautee.
Also if you do some of the Tahini suggestions from the main page...that rounds outs everything.
Heck, skip the shrimp in the soup and make up some rice paper rolls with shrimp.
I've done it before. Get just a few boneless pork chops, trim and cube them up and give them a rough grind in a mini-prep food processor.
Thanksgiving. We all really enjoyed it
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