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What is a good garnish for butternut squash soup?

Asked by occ (4005 points ) December 28th, 2009

I love the taste of butternut squash soup but I find it looks plain when I serve it. What is a garnish that will both make the soup look good and complement the flavors?

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gailcalled's avatar

My sister uses chopped cashews, which I didn’t care for but others like.

Buttonstc's avatar

Pepitas.

Basically take the seeds ( or pumpkin seeds) toast and highly season them and float them on top.

occ's avatar

Ooh – good idea about the seeds. But I already toasted them and ate them!

SarasWhimsy's avatar

Toasted pumpkin seeds or a fresh herb garnish. I’ve done both of those and separately.

autumn43's avatar

A dollop of sour cream sprinkled with cinnamon and swirled in.

gailcalled's avatar

@Ghost_in_the_system: That link is going in my recipe file. Thank you.

hannahsugs's avatar

Brush some strips of kale with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake in a hot oven for a few minutes, or until crispy. Kale and buttternut squash is a surprisingly good combination.

SamIAm's avatar

@occ : send me some soup please?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Croutons, perhaps.

rottenit's avatar

I would stir in some Crème fraiche, in a nice swirl or zig-zag, I find this to be a little less harsh in soups compaired to sour cream.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Nutmeg, definitely nutmeg is a must
Crème fraiche is lovely too

gailcalled's avatar

I wonder about plain lo-fat yogurt.

Georgia_Printco's avatar

greek yogurt!

gailcalled's avatar

Too rich for me. Others love it.

autumn43's avatar

I bet the low fat or non-fat yogurt would work too gailcalled. (I never liked the Greek yogurt until about six months ago when I tried the Chobani. Their honey and pomegranate flavors are so good!)

occ's avatar

Thanks, all. I ended up using some fresh thyme from my garden. Next time I’ll try some of the other suggestions. Thanks!

gailcalled's avatar

@occ: Fresh thyme? From your garden? The wind-chill factor is -10˚ F
here now.

occ's avatar

Ah, but in San Francisco the thyme is still growing…it’s in the 50s during the day, rainy, and the herbs are doing well…

gailcalled's avatar

@occ: I just got off the phone with a friend. She is at the ER nearby, having slipped on the ice and broken her wrist badly. She says that the ER is stuffed with people with various broken bones…the line is practically out the door.

I am staying put for the next few days. 50s sound like paradise. And see how you have become a master gardener? Remember those first few baby steps?

occ's avatar

Yes! Thank you to all the flutherites for your gardening advice and help back when I was getting started!

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