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Roasted honeynut squash apple soup, lox and bagels and compound butter

I have been having so much fun using Saltverk’s sea salt. Pictured is a creamy and delicious Fall soup using honeynut squash and apples. Honeynut squash is like butternut but smaller, sweeter and the color is more vivid. Its delicious and the soup is wonderful, it comes together easily and quickly and requires only a little time standing over the stove, your oven does most of the work. The soup is pureed and finished with a dollop of sour cream and some black lava sea salt, perfect for Halloween.

Roasted Honeynut squash and apples

Roasted Honeynut Squash Apple Soup

3 Honeynut squash peeled, seeds removed and cut into pieces

2-3 apples (depending on size) skin on, cored and quartered

1/2 yellow onion peeled and quartered

1 tsp Saltverk Arctic thyme sea salt or 1 tsp sea salt and either 2 fresh thyme sprigs or a sprinkling of dried thyme

2 cups broth or water (chicken or vegetable both work)

1/4 c heavy cream (for vegan option coconut milk works well)

1 tbs butter

1-2 tbs sour cream to garnish

salt and pepper to taste

sprinkle black lava salt on top for dramatic effect and delicious flavor as well!

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Place squash, apples and onions on parchment lined sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with the thyme salt (or whatever salt you want to use) and pepper. Roast stirring occasionally until the vegetables and fruit just start to caramelize (approximately 30 minutes). Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Puree in blender or food processor until smooth (if you need to add a little water or broth if too thick its fine. Transfer to pot and add the broth or water, butter and cream. Heat to desired serving temperature. Add a dollop of sour cream and finishing salt and enjoy.

The Birch Smoked Sea Salt was wonderful on a bagel with herbed cream cheese (Fresh dill and chives), smoked salmon, French breakfast radish, pickled red onion and the birch smoked sea salt sprinkled on top along with more dill and chives. The smoked salt and smoked salmon with the herby cream cheese and vegetables was delicious and the salt a perfect compliment.

Compound Butter

Years ago I created a recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey using a flavorful compound butter that is inserted under the skin and rubbed on the skin as well. I am reprising this recipe using the Arctic Thyme Sea Salt, its absolutely delicious with floral and herbal notes.

Compound Butter

8 oz unsalted butter softened

1-2 garlic cloves (depending on size and personal taste)

zest of 1 lemon

3 sprigs thyme (leaves removed)

3 fresh sage leaves, chopped

2 tsp Arctic Thyme sea salt (or any flaky sea salt) divided

Smash the garlic cloves with 1/2 tsp of the salt either in mortar and pestle or using a chefs knife on a cutting board (you want the garlic to be a paste). Mix the soft butter with garlic paste, lemon zest, thyme leaves, sage and remaining 1 1/2 tsp salt. Mix to combine, roll into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and parchment paper and store in refrigerator until ready to use. It’s delicious on turkey or chicken or on roasted vegetables. I roasted Brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions and carrots.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. There are so many lovely salts out there now, fun to experiment with.

    October 25, 2022
  2. Hi Suzanne. I’m sorry to be so late to this post. You never fail to amaze me with how delicious everything looks and sounds. Your photos are a beautiful as ever too.
    I’m giving you a very small nod with one of my character names. Although I’m not sure if I will be able to finish the story by Christmas (as I hope)… or at all for that matter. It’s another adventure for Lulu. Most of those characters never got surnames. What better name for a pizza maker than DeBrango? If you don’t want me to, just let me know. Hugs.

    December 5, 2022
    • Actually, I just edited out that scene… but Tony of Brick Oven Pizza might come back.

      December 8, 2022
      • πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

        December 25, 2022
    • Awww thank you Teagan you will always be my favorite author and good friend. Much love❀️❀️❀️

      December 25, 2022
  3. Hi, Suzanne. I hope all is well in your world.
    My new “3things style” serial is set in Atonement, TN.
    This time I’m asking people individually. Would you like to share a recipe, or maybe a menu for a meal (in stead) for an episode? You could even suggest which character it would be for (but I’m using new characters).
    If so, either email my Yahoo address or comment at my blog.
    Big hugs.

    March 9, 2023
    • Hi Teagan! You know I
      Just re read Atonement Tennessee and am starting on the Three Ingredient series. I love those so much and will definitely participate!! Things have been pretty crazy on my end and this is exactly what I need. Hope you are well!

      March 9, 2023
      • I’m sorry about the craziness, but happy my timing is helpful. Let me know if you need my email — it has not changed.
        That you are re-reading my stories is the greatest compliment. πŸ€—

        March 9, 2023

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