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Beet Soup Hors d'Oeuvres

Deep-red beets offer beautiful contrast to the bright-green spinach-pea soup and orange butternut-squash soup. If you prefer yellow soup, substitute golden beets for the red beets in this recipe.

  • servings: 24

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds red beets, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add beets, stock, and enough water to cover (4 to 5 cups) to the onion. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer until beets are tender and can be pierced easily with the tip of a paring knife, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Puree stock and vegetables in a blender until smooth. (You may need to work in batches.) Transfer pureed soup to a clean pot, and adjust consistency with water if necessary (you should be able to drink soup easily without using a spoon). Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Use a glass measure to pour soup into 2-ounce sake or espresso cups, and serve warm.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2008

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