In our family, my mom, sister-in-law and I are greatly outnumbered. We are the only three girls with six boys in the family. Plus, my sister-in-law and I are both expecting boys right now, so we are even going to be outnumbered even more!
Whenever our family gets together for holidays ( Christmas, 4th of July, etc.), us girls like to plan some fun “girl time” together.
Last Christmas, we planned a fun lunch at a French Bistro, Suzette’s in my hometown ( Wheaton, Illinois). We ate the most delicious lunch ever. We all ate their amazing Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque- and I have meant to recreate it ever since.
I am not sure if I recreated this correctly, but this sure tasted amazing. I have made pumpkin soup before, but the addition of the apple cider to this soup just made it divine.
One ingredient that I added on a whim was one sweet potato. The pumpkin and apple cider bisque didn’t turn out as thick as I would have liked, s0 cutting up a sweet potato and adding it to the water thickened it up to my liking.
I like to add milk or cream to my soups at the end of the cooking process, or maybe even right before I eat it. I don’t think this soup needs cream or milk- but it makes it taste better 🙂
Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque- Serves 6
2 fugi apples- peeled and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon of butter- or olive oil
1 onion- peeled and chopped
1 can of pumpkin
3 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of apple cider
2 teaspoons of thyme
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 sweet potato- peeled and cut- optional
Cream or milk to taste.
Method: In a saucepan, over medium heat, saute onions and apple slices in butter- until the onions are transparent. Add pumpkin, chicken broth, apple cider, sweet potato, thyme, and cinnamon. Let the flavors simmer for 20-30 minutes. Once the sweet potato slices have softened, you can blend them using your immersion blender. You can use a standard blender to combine the mixture. Add milk or cream to fit your personal preference.
My husband loved this soup. I plan on making it this fall again. I also plan on mixing pumpkin and apple cider for a few other recipes as well.