I mentioned on Wednesday that we welcomed the new year with our traditional Soup’s On party. Soup is a great way to feed a crowd.
As promised, today I will share with you the menu from our party. This year I cooked up four big pots of soups. I have shared the four soup recipes on the blog before so just click on the name of the soup to find the recipe.
The most popular soup is always my clam chowder. I don’t like clam chowder but everyone else sure does. This was the first one to be eaten and the first one to disappear. The secret to this recipe is the pepper bacon! Clam Chowder just isn’t very photogenic – sorry!
My favorite soup is the Tortellini and Sausage Soup!
For a bit of a kick I made a pot of Chicken Tarragon. Add more or less paprika to determine your heat.
And the fourth soup this year was Roasted Red Pepper. I actually had to make this soup twice.
I was trying to be efficient and get all the soups made the day ahead. This soup is super easy – just put the red peppers, onion, garlic and olive oil in a pan and bake in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. The mistake I made is I left it in the oven for 4 hours! I totally forgot about it. You would have thought the yummy smell of garlic, onion and red peppers baking would have reminded me but it didn’t.
Fortunately Cali noticed the oven was still on and asked what I was cooking – otherwise who knows how long it would have cooked for. Believe me, after four hours there is not much left of those onions and red peppers! Another trip was made to the store and we started over!
I also made a batch of my favorite, super easy, rolls –Magleby’s Rolls
Guests also brought an appetizer or dessert to share. I baked up a batch of Nordy Bars and Lemon Cheesecake Bars. I tried out a few new appetizer recipes too which I’ll share in the next couple of weeks.
It is a fun way to ring in the New Year – good food, food friends and fun! Here’s to more of the same in 2009!
I am in need of a few new soup recipes – do you have one to share?