Recipe: Squash and Apple Soup with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Recipe: Squash and Apple Soup with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Photo by Mette Nielsen

This rich, flavorful soup has a creamy texture without cream.

Squash and Apple Soup with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Wagmú na Thˇaspáŋ Waháŋpi nakúŋ Wathˇókecˇa T’ágˇa Yužápi

Serves 4 to 6

This rich, flavorful soup has a creamy texture without cream. We use the small, tart crab apples that grow in backyards and along the borders of farm fields.

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 wild onion, chopped, or 1/4 cup chopped shallot
  • 2 pounds winter squash, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tart apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup cider
  • 3 cups Corn Stock (recipe below), or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or more to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Sumac to taste
  • Cranberry Sauce (recipe below) or chopped fresh cranberries for garnish

Heat the oil in a deep, heavy saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion, squash, and apple until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cider and stock, increase the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes. With an immersion blender or working in batches with a blender, puree the soup and return to the pot to warm. Season to taste with maple syrup, salt, and sumac. Serve with a dollop of Cranberry Sauce.

Photo by Mette Nielsen

Cranberry Sauce
Wathˇókecˇa T’ágˇa Yužápi 
Makes 1½ cups

Use this to drizzle over roasted squash or turkey, on Wild Rice Cakes or for a dessert sauce.

  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup cider
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed juniper to taste

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook until the cranberries have popped and the mixture is thick. Remove from the heat and put into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Press the mixture firmly with the back of a spoon and scrape the underside of the sieve to capture all of the fruit pulp. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve warm or cool.

Corn Stock
Wagmíza Haŋpí

Save the corncobs after you’ve enjoyed boiled or roasted corn on the cob or you’ve cut the kernels for use in a recipe. Put the corncobs into a pot and cover with water by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil and partially cover. Reduce the heat and simmer until the stock tastes “corny,” about 1 hour. Discard the cobs. Store the stock in a covered container in the refrigerator or freezer.

From The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) Copyright 2017 Ghost Dancer, LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the University of Minnesota Press.

Complete your Thanksgiving meal with Chef Sean’s maple-brined smoked turkey recipe. And for more on Chef Sean, check out our podcast interview with him.

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