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Party App Go To: Soup Shooters

by Olga Schafranek |

In my post about Thanksgiving I mentioned the butternut squash soup that took a while for me and my siblings to allow my mom to eliminate from the menu. It used to be that I would usually wait until Thanksgiving to eat butternut squash soup. It was kind of a once-a-year thing. Because we don't have it on that day anymore, in recent years I've come to make it on the regular during the Fall. It's an easy thing to make and it's delicious. 
My mom and I also love to plan party menus in general. We tend to lean on the side of more complicated than simple (because we love cooking) and somehow there are always soup shooters. Like the gazpacho we made for my husband's 30th birthday party a while back. Something about little shot glasses of soup just screamed fancy and cool to us. 
You have to admit that it does look elegant and it can be a cozy appetizer for a wintery holiday party. I chose to top this Creamy Butternut Squash Soup Shooter with our Classic Caviar as this happens to be the Classic Signature Bite for this particular caviar. This dish is definitely our go-to for the season (if you remember, we posted a similar recipe last year around this time).
For me, this soup is another "not-really-a-recipe recipe" that I follow from years of watching my mom make the soup for Thanksgiving. I take a big butternut squash and cut it in half then scoop out the seeds. I roast at around 400 degrees on a foil lined baking sheet, cut side down with a little olive oil. Once it's fork-tender (usually at least 45 minutes, if not more), I let it cool and then scoop out the flesh into a pot on the stove top. I add chicken broth and blend with an immersion blender (you can also blend in a food processor if you don't have an immersion blender). I heat the soup up on the stove top and add more broth and heavy cream until I reach my desired consistency and flavor. Salt and pepper are key seasonings of course, as well as your choice of nutmeg, cinnamon, and/or even a little brown sugar. 
For the shooters, I put the soup in a measuring cup and pour a little bit into shot glasses. Beat some heavy cream until stiff peaks form and top each shooter with some whipped cream. Then garnish with a generous topping of caviar. Violà - An impressive and beautiful presentation for your guests!
For those on the West Coast - visit your local Whole Foods to purchase our Classic Caviar for your soup shooter appetizer.
Don't forget to visit our website for our Party Sets - everything you need for even more delicious and festive appetizers. Our Accouterments and Accessories  and Serving Ware pages also have great gift options for family, friends, and party hosts. 
Wishing everyone a joyous and beautiful holiday! May you all be surrounded by warmth and happiness!
Na Zdorovye, 
Olga