Saturday, November 7, 2009

Peanut Curry Bisque 11/7/09

I found this recipe on epicurious.com under the name "Lightly Curried Peanut Bisque".  According to Wikipedia a Bisque is a seafood soup or smooth soup.  I did look into possibly adding shrimp, but I can only afford shrimp when it is a really good deal.  And good deals on shrimp doesn't happen very often in my land locked state.  I changed the name, because I always tend to change the recipe.  And while it might look like a lot of ingredients you could very easily just use 2 1/2 tsp of curry powder in the soup, plus salt and pepper.

My changes come from laziness in measuring (Rachel Ray doesn't measure!), needing to use something up or after a taste or a good smell I think, "hmmm this would be good with this and I have some."  The nice thing about soup is that it is very flexible :-).

A note about curry: Curry is a blend of spices.  Each company has their own version.  If you don't like one, try a different brand.  We discovered a spice store when we lived in Torrance, Penzeys.  They had bottles of each of the spices that you could smell.  I loved going there, but my sniffer would stop working about half way around the store.  We happen to have 3 of their 9 curry blends, and I used a little of each one - Sweet curry and Hot curry on the chicken; and Sweet curry and Maharajah in the soup.

This one turned out incredible!!!!! It doesn't look like it would be a full meal, but it was very filling.

2-3 Chicken breasts
Curry powder
2-3 Tbl butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 carrots (I did a handful of the baby carrots), chopped
3-4 stalks of celery (my celery was on the small side), chopped
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 box chicken broth
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 salt

Cover chicken breasts liberally with curry powder.  Bake chicken (350° for about 1 hour), chop into bite size pieces.

Saute onion, celery and carrots in the butter.  Add the curry spices let cook for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in the peanut butter until fairly blended.  Add the chicken broth, stirring to blend.  Let simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add the sweet potato and cook until the potatoes are tender.

Blend the soup (hand mixer or food processor).  Stir in the cream, salt and the chicken, heat the soup gently on simmer.

Next time I think I will use coconut milk with the cream, maybe 3/4 c. coconut milk and 1/4 c. cream.


2 comments:

angela said...

Ya - that looks like a babies diaper gone bad. Sorry - i'm just not a soup person. give me plain old chicken noodle or potato cheese and I'm a happy girl.

LisaK said...

You don't have to be soup person. Living in sunny California there are very few days that that weather forces you in and you just want to curl up in a blanket with a good bowl of soup. Happens a bit more often in Idaho. Next week is a variation on potato cheese soup - still working on getting it typed up.