2 hrs 40 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
Yum!! Yesterday was January 1st and as in all the years before (don't know how many), I had the soup for lunch and it was awesome! This is the real traditional recipe. One very distinctive feature of the soup is that the beef it calls for is rubbed with the juice of limes or sour oranges before being added to the pot. This lends to the soup a slightly sour tang, a welcome balance to the pumpkin's sweetness, but also an apt metaphor for the Haitian Revolution's bittersweet legacy. It is a great image. No wonder this soup has become the touchstone of Haiti's fervent wish for peace and freedom. A symbol of communion and brotherhood, that shines through today's dark days of poverty and continuing political strife. The Haitians around the world make it and eat it not to celebrate the New Year but to commemorate Independence Day, remembering the past and to hope for the future. During slavery, only the French colonists could drink this delicious and sweet-smelling meal on special occasions while slaves were to drink simple bread soup. Well, on January 1st 1804, during the Independence celebration when this country became the world's first independent black republic, an enormous pot of pumpkin soup was invented and everyone present was served a bowl to show that we as descendants of slaves could unite and produce something extraordinary. That is one of the reasons why we drink this soup with such great passion! This is a Mirta Yunet-Thomas recipe from The Taste of Haiti. The Soupe Joumou or Soupe Au Giramoun is prepared with Boulettes de Pate or Donmbwey (Dumplings) as well as vermicelli (of all kinds) and is made with Pikliz (Haitian Spicy Vinegar) as well as served with it. Resting time for the meat to marinate is up to 24 hours, not included in recipe. Update - 01/02/2008 had the soup once more and this time a Haitian nurse asked to see "my" recipe - I think it was out of curiosity - anyway she said it was very good! :)
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MEAT AND PUMPKIN STEPS
- 2 lbs calabaza fresh pumpkin, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 lb beef bones with marrow
- 1 lb beef shoulder or 1 lb chuck or 1 lb stewing beef
- 1 -2 fresh limes (don't use the bottled stuff) or 1 -2 sour orange, cut in half (don't use the bottled stuff)
- 2 scallions, including the green tops, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 shallot, minced
- 2 scallions, including the green tops, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 fresh chives, minced
- 1 green pepper, sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons pikliz haitian spicy pickling vinegar (Spicy Vinegar of Haiti - Picklese (Pikliz))
- 4 celery ribs, cut in 1-inch pieces
- 12 cabbage leaves, cut in 4 pieces each
- 1 leek, stalk well cleaned & sliced in 1-inch pieces
- 2 small turnips, peel cut in 1-inch pieces
- 2 large carrots, peel cut in 1-inch pieces
- 4 -6 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup spaghetti (or a little of both mixed with egg noodles) or 1/2 cup macaroni (or a little of both mixed with egg noodles)
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut in 4 pieces each
- 2 scotch bonnet peppers or 2 habanero peppers, whole with stem and pricked with a fork twice
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
- 1In a medium pot, cook pumpkin and 1 Scotch bonnet pepper (do not cut, just prick once or twice) over medium heat in 6 cups water for 30 minutes. Discard the pepper.
- 2Purée pumpkin in the water.
- 3While pumpkin is cooking, clean meat with lime or sour oranges, rinse with cold water and drain.
- 4Make a meat rub by grinding 4 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2 sliced scallions into 2 teaspoons salt.
- 5Rub meat with spice mixture. Let it rest for at least 1 hour.
- 6Marinate meat with scallions, onion, garlic, shallot, chives, green pepper, pikliz, salt and black pepper. You can marinate meat from 1 hour up to one day in advance for flavor enhancement.
- 7In stockpot, add the meat with 1 cup water and cook covered over medium heat for 40 minutes.
- 8Add 3 cups water and puréed pumpkin and bring to a boil for 40 minutes.
- 9Add celery, cabbage, leek, carrots and whole cloves.
- 10Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
- 11MAKE DUMPLINGS: BOULETTES DE PATE OR DONMBWEY:.
- 12In a bowl, mix flour, salt and 1 cup water, making sure there are no lumps.
- 13Using a tablespoon, mold dumplings into desired shape in your hand and add to boiling water. They usually take on the shape of spaetzels.
- 14Add pasta, potatoes, hot pepper, and butter and spoon in dumplings.
- 15Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
- 16Taste it.
- 17If it needs more salt and/or pepper, add to taste.
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Nutritional Facts for Soupe Joumou (Haitian Pumpkin Soup) Soupe Au Giramoun
Serving Size: 1 (393 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 457.5
- Calories from Fat 43
- Total Fat 4.8 g
- Saturated Fat 1.5 g
- Cholesterol 31.7 mg
- Sodium 965.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 81.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 7.6 g
- Sugars 8.3 g
- Protein 23.5 g
The following items or measurements are not included:
beef bones with marrow