April: Canning Challenge – Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe + Ozeri Serafino Artisan Series Double Wall Glasses Review
Thankfully we had a rainy day yesterday so I could knock this recipe out. I've never made Roasted Butternut Squash Soup before. Or really any sort of squash soup except for that zucchini one from last month. This recipe for the April Canning Challenge is very simple, and all of the spices are pretty much to taste. I didn't measure much of anything but I can give you the guidelines based around what I did.
This month (or next month depending on what the bloggers are feeling), Ozeri has been generous and has sponsored the entire Blogger Recipe Challenge group. For this particular review I decided I would love to try out the Ozeri Serafino Artisan Series Double Wall Glasses. I don't have anything like them, and have really been wanting to make soup shooters. I think they just look really fun, and less dishes to do if you just drink it right from the glass!
- 1 - 3lb Butternut Squash
- 1 - 14oz Can of Chicken Broth (Use your favorite kind)
- 1/2 - Yellow Onion (Chopped)
- 1 - Anju Pear (Peeled & Chopped)
- 2 TBSP - Butter
- 1.5 Cups - Water
- 1/3 to 1/2 Cup - Heavy Cream
- Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Nutmeg & Curry Powder To Taste
- Sour Cream for Garnish
- Preheat oven to 425F Degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Cut squash in half. Clean out the seeds. Brush on 1 TBSP of butter. Salt & Pepper generously.
- On a rack in the center of the oven, roast squash for 50-60 minutes. When squash is done you should be able to insert a fork easily into the flesh.
- Set pan with squash aside on a cooling rack until cooled enough to spoon flesh out and discard the skins.
- In a large sauce pot saute onion and pear in remaining 1 TBSP of butter until soft. This takes approximately 6-8 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Add water, chicken broth, and squash to the onion and pear.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes while breaking up any large pieces of squash.
- Add salt, pepper, paprika, nutmeg & curry powder to taste. (I went heavier on the salt and paprika, and did a pinch of curry powder and a dash of nutmeg.)
- Remove from heat & add heavy cream.
- Using a food processor or immersion blender, blend the soup mixture until smooth and creamy.
- Serve hot & garnish with a small dollop of sour cream.
The Ozeri Serafino Artisan Series Double Wall Glasses are PERFECT for serving soup shooters. Because they're insulated and made with borosilicate these stunning glasses work well for hot and cold beverages. That's right. You could have a hot cup of coffee in these glasses and you won't burn your hands. Heck, I still burn my hands on my coffee MUGS.
- Set of 4 heat and shatter resistant borosilicate glasses that each hold 8 oz
- Stronger and more durable than common glass, each glass features a wraparound contour that provides a natural aesthetic grip.
- Patent-pending double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating an engaging optical effect.
- Designed to keep your hands cool with hot drinks, and free of condensation with chilled beverages.
- Completely dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.
You have to admit these are pretty nifty looking. The double wall design creates a unique effect, and adds a little something extra to the overall plating of the food. The wraparound contour is not only aesthetically pleasing, but makes the glasses comfortable to hold. I tend to have the dropsies and break a lot of things, and loved that the glasses felt more comfortable and easier to grip while holding.
I sent a couple through the dishwasher last night and they held up beautifully. I'm always wary about sending new glass through a dish washer, so just in case they didn't hold up, I would have only been out 2 glasses. These are definitely some of my favorite kitchen items, and I can't wait to make more soup shooters. Maybe I'll get creative with drinks next time around too. The possibilities are endless!
Make sure you check them out on Amazon. Looks like they're on sale right now too. Originally priced at $48.95 as of right now you can get a set of 4 Serafino Artisan Series Double Wall Glasses for $29.95 + FREE shipping! Also make sure you keep up with what we're doing in the recipe challenge too. More Ozeri products will be reviewed including knives and pans.
*I was provided the Serafino Artisan Series Double Wall Glasses free of charge from Ozeri in order to facilitate this recipe and review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.
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