Miso Pumpkin Soup With Walnut And Sesame Seed Brittle
For the brittle:1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1⁄2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1⁄2 cup black sesame seeds Flaky sea salt
For The Soup:31⁄2 pounds pumpkin, such as sugar pie pumpkin, cut in half and seeded
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons white or yellow miso
1 quart vegetable stock
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar Crème fraîche (optional)
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Make the brittle: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the sugar, lemon juice, and ½ cup water in a petite French oven. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
- Continue cooking until the liquid turns amber in color, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the butter and stir well.
- Fold in the walnuts and sesame seeds.
- Carefully pour the brittle onto the prepared baking sheet, sprinkle with salt, and let cool for 1 hour.
- Carefully chop the brittle into small bite-size pieces.
- Meanwhile, make the soup: Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Brush the pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of the oil and lay it flesh-side down on the prepared baking sheet.
- Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until softened.
- Set aside to cool slightly.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large cast-iron cocotte over medium heat.
- Add the onion and sweet potatoes and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are softened.
- Add the garlic, a large pinch each of salt and pepper, and the nutmeg and cook for another 30 seconds.
- Scoop in chunks of the cooked pumpkin and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add the miso and stock and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer for 5 minutes.
- Working in batches, blend the soup until smooth and return to the cocotte.
- Spoon into bowls and serve immediately, with a dollop of crème fraîche, and a sprinkle of brittle.
- Nancy Leoni