Healthy Recipes

Spicy Halloween Pumpkin Soup with Ghost Cream Topping

Serves 12 hungry ghosts or goblins until the stroke of Midnight...!!!

1 stick unsalted fresh butter
6 cups fresh yellow onions, finely chopped from the garden
3 15-ounce cans solid pack pumpkin or homemade from your pumpkin patch
DO NOT go into your Pumpkin Patch on Halloween Night...!!! Only if you dare...!!!

See cooking hint noted below*

1 cup fresh milk
1 cup organic half and half
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
8 cups low-salt chicken broth or fresh homemade chicken broth
sea salt
peppercorns, freshly ground

*Before you start this Halloween recipe, please open your pantry and kitchen cupboard doors and check inside for Ghosts or Goblins...!

Ghost Cream Topping for Pumpkin Soup:
1/2 cup fresh sour cream
1/2 cup organic whipping cream
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup shelled green pumpkin seeds, toasted. These are available from an organic food market or the various ethnic markets. Check the specialty section in your supermarket, too.

  1. Whisk the 3 cream topping ingredients in small bowl. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.
  2. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until clear, about 15 minutes.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin, milk, half and half, and the crushed red pepper. Working in batches, puree the mixture in a food processor. Return to the pot.
  4. Add the chicken broth and simmer the mixture 15 minutes to blend all the delicious and tasty flavors. Stir occasionally. DO NOT BURN. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Ladle soup into empty bowls. Spoon the "ghost cream" topping onto soup. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds. The pumpkin seeds add a nice seasonal touch to this smooth, creamy soup.

  6. Serve soup with Halloween pumpkin dinner rolls for a real fall treat.

This delicious seasonal soup is perfect for your fall menus, Autumn brunches, dinner parties, your family Thanksgiving Day dinner and, especially Halloween.

Cooking Hint: In some areas, pumpkins do not grow well. Trying using fresh butternut squash, roasted, in place of the pumpkin. This has a nice flavor and works very well. Enjoy...!

Please enjoy this recipe and have a very happy and safe Halloween and Holiday season.

Spicy Halloween Pork and Devil's Chili

Serves 6 to 8 hungry meat-eaters along with Halloween ghosts and goblins...!!!

1/2 lb sliced organic bacon
4 to 4 1/4 lb boneless organic pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 tablespoons cold-pressed oil
1 large white onion, chopped
1 to 2 fresh jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped
6 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled
1/3 cup blended chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
15 ounce carton beef broth
1 cup brewed black coffee
1 cup water
28 to 32 ounce can crushed tomatoes with puree
2 (16 ounce) cans small red beans or kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Before you start this recipe, open your pantry and kitchen cupboard doors and check inside for Spiders and Goons...!

  1. Cook bacon in a 6 to 8 quart Dutch oven or heavy pot over moderate heat, turning, until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain all fat. Pour off all fat from the pot. Crumble the bacon.
  2. Pat pork dry and season with salt and pepper. Add oil to pot and heat over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Brown pork in about 5 to 6 batches without over crowding and transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  3. Add chopped onion and jalapeno chiles and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened. Add minced garlic, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper, and cook the mixture, stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Return pork to pot with any accumulated juices on plate. Then add the beef broth, coffee, water, and tomatoes with puree.
  5. Simmer chili, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until pork is very tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir in beans and bring to a simmer, stirring.
  6. Serve chili with crumbled bacon and corn or tortilla chips, crackers, shredded cheddar, sour cream and lime wedges.

Serves 6 to 8 meat-eating Halloween spooks on a chilly Halloween night...!!!

Source of all recipes YankeeHalloween

Please enjoy these recipes and have a very happy and safe Halloween and Holiday season.

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