Haitian Pumpkin Soup (Soup Joumou) (Soupe Giraumon)

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Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
2 hrs

Traditional thick, hardy French Caribbean soup made of pumpkin, beef, and rice. The dish was created in 1804 and represents Haitian defiance of the French colonial powers, who had declared that slaves could not eat soup.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. In a saucepan, cover beef generously with water and boil over medium low heat, partially covered for 1 hour.
  2. Drain and chop beef into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil; add pumpkin, turnips, beef, onions, parsley, thyme, and 2 cloves garlic.
  4. Simmer until pumpkin is tender (15 minutes).
  5. Discard parsley and thyme.
  6. Transfer pumpkin to food processor with 1/4 cup stock and puree.
  7. Return to saucepan and heat through.
  8. Add milk, nutmeg, butter, and rice; cook until rice is tender (15-20 minutes).
  9. Season with salt and pepper, and mix in remaining garlic.
  10. Serve hot with a little butter in each bowl.