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Williamsburg Peanut Soup

Extract from Nuts • By Patrick Evans-Hylton • Published by Sasquatch Books


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25 mins

Rich, creamy peanut butter is the base for this surprisingly savory soup, which you are likely to find all across Colonial Williamsburg and in many fine-dining restaurants in Virginia, such as the Regency Room at the Hotel Roanoke.

Makes 8 servings

Posted by GMC Group Published See GMC Group's 304 projects » © 2023 Patrick Evans-Hylton / Sasquatch Books · Reproduced with permission. · (c)2015 By Patrick Evans-Hylton. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Nuts: 50 Tasty Recipes from Crunchy to Creamy & Savory to Sweet by permission of Sasquatch Books. Photography by Hilary McMullen
  • Step 1

    In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the celery and onion until the vegetables have softened and are turning translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the butter and continue cooking until the vegetables are translucent, about 5 minutes (do not brown the butter). Add the flour, and stir until blended. Add the chicken broth and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the soup reduces slightly, about 15 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Pour the soup through a sieve into a large bowl, pressing hard against the solids with the back of a spoon. Discard the solids, return the liquid to the saucepan, and heat on medium-low. Add the pea- nut butter and cream, and stir constantly until blended. Add the pepper. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  • Step 3

    To serve, divide the soup among 8 bowls. Garnish with the peanuts and thyme, and serve immediately.

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