Majestic Red Prince Apple Soup


This surprisingly hearty soup is just what the doctor ordered on a cold and blustery day – move over chicken noodle! Although the consistency suggests it could be high in caloric content it is surprisingly low cal and gluten free. Made with few ingredients, the intense flavour comes from roasting the apples to caramelize them, which creates a smooth and luscious finish on the palate. For those not watching their waistline, a dollop of Mascarpone and toasted walnuts takes this soup to another dimension that will have you begging for more.



Serves: 6-8 servings
Ready In: 40 min

Ingredients:

6  Large Red Prince Apples 6
1 tsp Kosher Salt 5 mL
2 tbsp Unsalted butter 30 mL
3  Large shallots, minced [approx. ½ cup] 125 mL
¼  cup Dry cooking sherry 50 mL
4 cups Vegetable stock 1 Litre
1 tbsp Fresh minced thyme 15 mL

Garnish:
½ cup Mascarpone cheese [125 mL]
½ cup chopped toasted walnut pieces [125 mL] [optional]



Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. [175 degrees C]

Wash and dry apples. Half and core [with a melon baler or small spoon] and place skin side down in a greased baking dish and sprinkle with ½ tsp (2.5ml) of salt.

Roast on the middle rack in oven for 1 ½ hours, till you see apple juice is caramelized in the bottom of pan. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a 3 quart pot, sauté shallots in butter and thyme, over medium high heat till shallots are slightly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Deglaze pan with sherry and stir till liquid is absorbed. Pour in vegetable stock and add roasted apples [caramelized juice and all] and stir to combine all ingredients. Simmer on stove top for about 15 minutes.

Remove pot from heat and ladle soup into a blender and blend until soup becomes creamy in consistency [approx. 3 minutes]. Return soup to pot and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Alternately, you may use a hand blender and blend ingredients directly in the pot until soup is creamy in texture and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve soup in heated bowls with a dollop of Mascarpone and a sprinkle of toasted walnut pieces.

Makes 6-8 servings

Tip: For a complete gluten-free meal, serve this soup with the Gluten-Free Red Prince Apple Oatcake Crackers.


Source: redprinceapple.ca