January 2017


SMOKED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH BABY KALE

One Taste Will Make You a Smoked Squash Believer!

One Taste Will Make You a Smoked Squash Believer! – Dr. Smoke

If you joined our SmokinLicious® Instagram series on stove top smoking of butternut squash, then it’s time to take your wonderful smoke-infused butternut squash to the next level and make a fabulous soup just in time for the holidays and cold season.  Smoked Butternut Squash with Baby Kale Soup. This recipe will serve 4-6.  Gather the following ingredients:

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium smoked butternut squash that was smoked in ½” slices
  • 1 cup of baby kale with stems and membranes removed, washed and dried
  • ¼ cup sour cream or crème fraiche (I prefer the crème fraiche for extra smooth texture in soups)
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup broth (you can use chicken or vegetable but water is fine too)
  • 1 medium white onion, diced

Keep in mind, you can keep this vegan but omitting the bacon and cream. For equipment, you will need a food processor or blender, cutting board, chef’s knife, frying pan for the bacon, and soup pot.

 

Cooking Process:

Bacon Adds That Special Flavor Touch

Bacon Adds That Special Flavor Touch-Dr Smoke

 

To start, place a frying pan over medium high heat and allow to heat completely as this will ensure crisp bacon.  Add the 6 strips of bacon and cook until well done, about 6-8 minutes. You will want to flip the bacon after the first 3-4 minutes. Take the cooked bacon from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to remove the excess drippings.  Reduce the heat under the frying pan to medium keeping the fat renderings from the bacon.  To the bacon drippings, add the diced white onion.  Cook until slightly translucent.

 

 

Processing Ingredients:

Smoked Butternut Squash- Yum, Yum Yummy!

Smoked Butternut Squash- Yum, Yum Yummy!- Dr Smoke

 

While the onion is cooking, place the previously smoked butternut squash slices into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Don’t worry if you don’t get all the lumps out as this will be processed a second time.  Add this mixture to the cooked onion and combine.  After 3 minutes, reduce the heat to low and add the ¼ cup of sour cream or crème fraiche, mixing in well to ensure creaminess throughout.

While the onion, squash, cream mixture is simmering on low heat, add 1 cup of baby kale leaves to the food processor and pulse until reduced to fine particles.  Add the chopped kale to the squash mixture and combine well.  Then remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool slightly. While the mixture is cooling, chop four slices of the crisped bacon into small pieces.  Add to the squash mixture and combine well.

 

A Velvet Smooth Finish:

Blend to a Smooth Velvety Texture

Blend to a Smooth Velvety Texture- Dr Smoke

 

Add the slightly cooled smoked squash mixture to a blender or food processor, and start the machine on a low setting.  As the mixture is pureed, slowly add 1 cup of broth to thin out the puree. You may use water if you prefer. You may add additional broth until the consistency is at your preferred level but 1 cup should be about the mark.  I like this particular soup to coat a spoon which means it will coat my insides!  Take your reduced smoked squash mixture and pour into a soup pot and place on a low setting for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

 

The Finish:

 

Finished Squash Soup Topped with Crispy Bacon

Oh My Gosh! Unbelievably Tasty!- Dr Smoke

Now, ladle this silky, smooth soup into serving bowls and place a small amount of the chopped bacon from the remaining two slices to each serving bowl.  As you put this luscious soup into your mouth, your palate will pick up the subtle sweetness of the cinnamon and light smokiness from the stove top smoking process, while the silkiness of the cream provides a balance to the heartiness of the bacon.  This is a great way to use seasonal squash and keep those of us in the cold portion of the world warm this winter.  Bon Appetito!

 

Bon-Bar-B-Q!

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Smoked Squash & Kale Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Category: Soup

Cuisine: American

Yield: 4 servings

Our Smoke Butternut Squash With Baby Kale Soup recipe is sure to become a winter favorite. We even include suggestions on making this a vegan dish as well. Your guests and family will love the subtle wood-fired flavoring to the squash produced from our forest grown, 100% bark-free hardwoods at SmokinLicious®.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium smoked butternut squash that was smoked in ½” slices
  • 1 cup of baby kale with stems and membranes removed, washed and dried
  • ¼ cup sour cream or crème fraiche (I prefer the crème fraiche for extra smooth texture in soups)
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup broth (you can use chicken or vegetable but water is fine too)
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • Keep in mind, you can keep this vegan but omitting the bacon and cream.
  • For equipment, you will need a food processor or blender, cutting board, chef’s knife, frying pan for the bacon, and soup pot.

Instructions

  1. To start, place a frying pan over medium high heat and allow to heat completely as this will ensure crisp bacon. Add the 6 strips of bacon and cook until well done, about 6-8 minutes. You will want to flip the bacon after the first 3-4 minutes.
  2. Take the cooked bacon from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to remove the excess drippings. Reduce the heat under the frying pan to medium keeping the fat renderings from the bacon. To the bacon drippings, add the diced white onion. Cook until slightly golden.
  3. While the onion is cooking, place the previously smoked butternut squash slices into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Don’t worry if you don’t get all the lumps out as this will be processed a second time. Add this mixture to the cooked onion and combine.
  4. After 3 minutes, reduce the heat to low and add the ¼ cup of sour cream or crème fraiche, mixing in well to ensure creaminess throughout.
  5. While the onion, squash, cream mixture is simmering on low heat, add 1 cup of baby kale leaves to the food processor and pulse until reduced to fine particles. Add the chopped kale to the squash mixture and combine well.
  6. Then remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool slightly. While the mixture is cooling, chop four slices of the crisped bacon into small pieces. Add to the squash mixture and combine well.
  7. Add the slightly cooled smoked squash mixture to a blender or food processor, and start the machine on a low setting. As the mixture is pureed, slowly add 1 cup of broth to thin out the puree. You may use water if you prefer. You may add additional broth until the consistency is at your preferred level but 1 cup should be about the mark.
  8. Take your reduced smoked squash mixture and pour into a soup pot and place on a low setting for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.
  9. Now, ladle this silky, smooth soup into serving bowls and place a small amount of the chopped bacon from the remaining two slices to each serving bowl.
https://smokinlicious.com/recipe/2017/01/18/smoked-squash-kale-soup/

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Wood Chips- Minuto®

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BBQ Shrimp Smoked with a Hand Held Smoker

Shrimp Smoked with a Hand Held Smoker- Gourmia® Mini Smoker- Dr Smoke

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BBQ SHRIMP- INSTANT GRATIFICATION!

 

The Gourmia® Mini Smoker is the perfect equipment for those who want to infuse smoke flavor into raw and cooked foods, beverages, herbs, and spices.  Using SmokinLicious® Minuto® or Piccolo® Wood Chips ensures maximum flavor infusion from a clean, 100% bark-free hardwood.  Select from 8 hardwood species and combine woods for your own customized flavoring.

SmokinLicious® Minuto® Wood Chips and the Gourmia® unit.

Minuto® Wood Chips and the Gourmia® unit.

We are going to show the versatility of cold smoke techniques by infusing smoke into some raw shrimp that have been marinated in BBQ sauce.  I’m using SmokinLicious® Sugar Maple Minuto® Chips in Size 8.  In addition to the smoker and chips, you will need to place your marinated shrimp in a bowl covered with plastic wrap or in a food storage bag, and a lighter. Get ready, for a fun, quick way to fabulous smoked BBQ shrimp, in an instant!

Tip-Using a bag and the smoker unit to infuse the flavor

Tip-Using a bag and the smoker unit to infuse the flavor

So simple to do, cold smoke generators let you direct the smoke just where you want.  I’ve taken my uncooked shrimp and marinated them overnight in my favorite BBQ sauce.  Any sauce will do whether homemade or store bought.  I set up my Gourmia® Mini Smoker with Size 8 Minuto® Wood chips from SmokinLicious®, inserting the smoker’s tubing directly into my marinade bag.  I seal the bag around the tubing, turn on the smoker, and light the wood chips.  As soon as I see the smoke start to the fill the bag, I turn the smoker off, pull the tubing out, and seal the bag completely.

 You can leave the smoke sealed in the bag until you are ready to cook the shrimp.  Any method of cooking will do – in the pan, baked in the oven, on the grill – whatever your pleasure!  So much flavor you will think you just smoked for hours on a traditional smoker.  Unlock your imagination and get smoking with SmokinLicious® and Gourmia®!

 

Finished product- Yum! Delicious!

Finished product- Yum! Delicious!

 

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Stove Top Smoked Butternut Squash

Smoked Butternut Squash

You Can Do It! Smoked Butternut Squash- Dr. Smoke

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It’s squash season and that means you have a tremendous variety of product available to do many styles of cooking.  How about trying your hand at stove top smoking?  Today, I’m featuring the very popular butternut squash. You’ll need a stove top smoker or a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven with an insert pan and lid, Minuto Chips® in Size #4 from SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products, and about 1 hour of time. Be sure you also have a hood vent where you will be using the stove top smoker. Now let’s gather our ingredients and get ready to infuse great wood-fired flavor!

Ingredients

I’ve decided to add a little spice to this smoked butternut squash so here are the ingredients you will need to do this flavor:

  • Curry powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Unsalted butter
  • Coarse salt
  • Fresh pepper
  • And 1 medium size butternut squash

Cast iron does take a bit of time to heat up, so you can start the medium high heat under the stove top unit made of cast iron as you are preparing the squash, so by the time you have everything cut, cleaned and seasoned, the smoking pan will be ready to go.

Peeled Squash with Seeds Removed

preparing the squash

Preparing the Squash

 In addition to the food ingredients, you’ll also need a small saucepan for melting the butter or you may use a microwave safe bowl and melt the butter in that manner.  A chef’s knife, cutting board and vegetable peeler are also needed. First, I cut both ends of the squash off so that I have two flat ends to work with.  I then peel all the skin and white skin beneath the peel from the squash until the yellow/orange meat is revealed.

Once all the peel and white skin is removed, I cut the squash in half lengthwise revealing the seeded inside.  With a spoon, I remove the seeds and membrane strings.  I like to pat the squash dry with a few paper towels to remove the excess water as once this vegetable hits the heat, it will start to steam out the water held in the cell membranes.  Now, we’re ready to start slicing the squash into ½” slices.  Taking each half, I lie it on the flat side on a cutting board and slice into ½” pieces.  I add these to a bowl in preparation for the flavor ingredients.

Spicing Things Up

 Now it’s time to add the spices to these beautiful slices.  I take about a tablespoon of cinnamon, 1-2 teaspoons of curry powder, a ½ teaspoon of coarse salt and ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper.    I then melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter.  Be sure you simply melt the butter and do not let it go to the brown stage.  I then pour the melted butter over my spiced butternut squash slices and mix well.  I like to do this part with my hands to ensure everything is mixed well.  Now, we are ready to get these beauties on the grill grate of our pre-heated stove top smoker.

cast iron stove top smoker

cast iron stove top smoker

 Stove Top Pan Preparation

 Be sure your smoker base pan is clean of any previous wood chips or food scraps.  Add the SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products Minuto® Wood Chips in the base of the unit, about a handful is needed.  I’m using Sugar Maple Minuto® Chips in Size #4 to bring a balance to the squash with my other flavor ingredients. Because I plan to use my smoked squash as an ingredient in other recipes, and squash has a large amount of water naturally in it, I’m using the stove top smoker unit without soaking my chips.  This is commonly how stove top smokers are used as the chips will combust easier in the dry state and provide perfect smoke infusion.  I also make sure to turn my hood vent “on” to help reduce the smoke arom

a.

Fueling Up the Stove Top Smoker with SmokinLicious® Minuto® Wood Chips

Fueling Up the Stove Top Smoker

Smoking

I gently lay each squash section on the grill pan doing the best I can to keep everything from being too crowded.  A medium sized squash will fill the pan easily.  I then cover the pan and let it cook for about 20 minutes without lifting the lid.  Remember, squash contains 94% water weight so once you lift the lid to check the squash slices, you will see the accumulated condensation on the inside of the lid.  Do the best you can not to allow the water to pool into the lid and go back into the smoking pan.

 You will see the squash slices take on a shiny appearance and soften from the water vaporization and smoke vapor infusion.  Depending on what you will use the squash slices for – using them as is as a side dish or in another recipe such as a soup, pureed side dish or even a sauce – will determine how long and how tender they need to be.  I like mine to be knife tender but not to the point where they fall apart if picked up with tongs.  Notice the condition of my Minuto® wood chips when I finish – perfectly carbonized.  In fact, I likely could use them for another batch of squash!

Beautiful Grill Marks on the Smoked Squash

Oh My Gosh! Ready to Please the Palate- Dr. Smoke

 

The Finish

With just a handful of Minuto® wood chips in size #4, 1 medium butternut squash, and 1 hour of time, I produced golden, rich flavor with a gently touch of smokiness. Notice the grill marks I still achieved by not fussing with my squash.  Using cast iron units allow you peace of mind in knowing the chips are safe so you can walk away and not open the lid.  That allows that 94% water to vaporize and give gently crusting to the squash.  I’m ready now to take these slices into a recipe that will be extra special and memorable.  Find out for yourself how easy it is to smoke on the stove top!

Bon Bar B Que!

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Stove Top Smoked Butternut Squash

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Category: Stove Top Smoking Technique

Cuisine: American

Yield: 4 servings

SmokinLicious® products add a subtle smokiness to squash using a stove top smoking technique. See our recipe for Smoked Squash and Kale Soup.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cast iron does take a bit of time to heat up, so you can start the medium high heat under the stove top unit made of cast iron as you are preparing the squash, so by the time you have everything cut, cleaned and seasoned, the smoking pan will be ready to go.
  2. First, I cut both ends of the squash off so that I have two flat ends to work with. I then peel all the skin and white skin beneath the peel from the squash until the yellow/orange meat is revealed.
  3. Once all the peel and white skin is removed, I cut the squash in half lengthwise revealing the seeded inside. With a spoon, I remove the seeds and membrane strings. I like to pat the squash dry with a few paper towels to remove the excess water.
  4. Now, we’re ready to start slicing the squash into ½” slices. Taking each half, I lie it on the flat side on a cutting board and slice into ½” pieces. I add these to a bowl in preparation for the flavor ingredients.
  5. I take about a tablespoon of cinnamon, 1-2 teaspoons of curry powder, a ½ teaspoon of coarse salt and ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper. I then melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Be sure you simply melt the butter and do not let it go to the brown stage.
  6. I then pour the melted butter over my spiced butternut squash slices and mix well. I like to do this part with my hands to ensure everything is mixed well.
  7. Add the SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products Minuto® Wood Chips in the base of the unit, about a handful is needed. I’m using Sugar Maple Minuto® Chips in Size #4 to bring a balance to the squash with my other flavor ingredients. Because I plan to use my smoked squash as an ingredient in other recipes, and squash has a large amount of water naturally in it, I’m using the stove top smoker unit without soaking my chips. This is commonly how stove top smokers are used as the chips will combust easier in the dry state and provide perfect smoke infusion. I also make sure to turn my hood vent “on” to help reduce the smoke aroma.
  8. I gently lay each squash section on the grill pan doing the best I can to keep everything from being too crowded. A medium sized squash will fill the pan easily.
  9. I then cover the pan and let it cook for about 20 minutes without lifting the lid. Remember, squash contains 94% water weight so once you lift the lid to check the squash slices, you will see the accumulated condensation on the inside of the lid. Do the best you can not to allow the water to pool into the lid and go back into the smoking pan.
  10. Depending on what you will use the squash slices for – using them as is as a side dish or in another recipe such as a soup, pureed side dish or even a sauce – will determine how long and how tender they need to be. I like mine to be knife tender but not to the point where they fall apart if picked up with tongs.
  11. Notice the condition of my Minuto® wood chips when I finish – perfectly carbonized. In fact, I likely could use them for another batch of squash!
https://smokinlicious.com/recipe/2017/01/04/stove-top-smoked-butternut-squash/

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Wood Chips- Minuto®

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