Butternut Squash Soup with Lefkada Salami and Halloumi Croutons


Squash Soup

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

My husband’s father was from Lefkada. Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and along with five other islands, Corfu, Cephalonia, Ithaca, Zakynthos and Paxoi forms the prefecture of Ionian islands.

Its name came from a cape in the southern end of the island called “Lefkáta”. Close by the cape there is a temple of god Apollo in which the cape’s rock was devoted. One theory says that Lefkada was Odysseus’ Ithaca in Homer’s poems and not Ithaca as we know it today.

People of Lefkada in ancient history have participated in all big and important battles such as Salamina naval battle and Plataies battle against the Persians and they offered men to Alexander the Great’s campaign in Asia.

Squash Soup

Aristotle Onassis, the very famous Greek tycoon during the 60’s, bought an island across the eastern side of Lefkada and called it Scorpio. This island accommodated many rich and famous people of that era such as Maria Callas who was also his mistress for a period of time, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier and Winston Churchill. In 1968 Onassis married Jackie Kennedy in that very island and the wedding was followed by a glorious party with many celebrities of the time.

In 2013 Athina Onassis daughter of Christina Onassis and granddaughter of Aristotle Onassis sold the island to the Russian millionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev. He completely renovated the houses in the island and his daughter Ekaterina threw a glorious party for her 25‘v birthday.

Squash Soup

Lefkada has some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and the Mediterranean and I am adding this you tube video for you to see. Apart from its natural beauties, the island is famous for making a delicious salami which looks like a sausage. The patent comes from Italy and most particularly Burano area. Some people from there came to Lefkada to live and they brought the art of making this salami to the island. It is made with pork meat and has a very fine garlic aroma, whole peppercorns, salt and nitrates. The final product is left to mature between 8 and 18 months depending on the size and the weather conditions.

A few days ago I visited along with some friends the restaurant of a very famous Greek chef. Of course he was not there at the moment; other cooks were in the open kitchen and cooked. I ordered as a first the squash soup, but I wasn’t happy at all with my choice, as it was quite sour and didn’t live to my expectations. Overall, I would say that I wasn’t impressed at all by the selection of dishes I’ve tried.

Lefkada Salami

Anyway, coming back home I decided to make my own version and see if the soup was sour because of wrong doing or because it is that way. After making it, I can tell you that I was very happy with the result and the addition of Lefkada salami and halloumi croutons was just the perfect choice. I know that you probably won’t be able to find this salami, but you certainly can find halloumi. Try and broil it for a few minutes and then add it to any soup, you will be amazed by the result. It is exquisite and so was the soup!

Squash Soup

 

5.0 from 11 reviews
Butternut Squash Soup with Lefkada Salami and Halloumi Croutons
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Soup
Serves: 6
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 kilo / 2 lb. butternut squash flesh
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 800 ml / 27 fl. oz. vegetables stock
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cm / 0.7 in. of fresh ginger, minced
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. halloumi
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. Lefkada salami or any other sausage you have
  • Olive oil for sautéing the onions
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a deep pot pour couple of tbsp. of olive oil and sugar and sauté the onions in medium heat to caramelize about 20 minutes.
  2. Add the scallion and the garlic and sauté for another couple of minutes.
  3. Add the squash and sauté for another couple of minutes.
  4. Pour the stock and add the herbs and spices except the ginger and the salt.
  5. Always salt soups towards the end because if you start from the beginning and because some of the liquid evaporates you may end up with a salty soup.
  6. Cook in medium/low until the squash is soft.
  7. Three minutes before the end add the ginger and some salt after you taste the soup.
  8. In your blender put all the solids and blend.
  9. Return to the pot and add the liquid as well and whisk.
  10. Cut halloumi in slices and put it under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. Cut the salami and halloumi in tiny cubes in the size of croutons.
  12. Pour the soup in bowls and top it with salami and halloumi.
  13. Accompany it with warm bread.

 
5.0 from 11 reviews
Σούπα Κολοκύθας με Κρουτόνς από Σαλάμι Λευκάδας και Χαλλούμι
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Σούπα
Serves: 6
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 κιλό σάρκα κολοκύθας
  • 2 μέτρια κρεμμύδια, κομμένα σε φέτες
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο
  • 1 κ.σ. ζάχαρη
  • 800 ml ζωμό λαχανικών
  • ½ κ.γ. μοσχοκάρυδο
  • 1 κ.σ. ξερό φασκόμηλο
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • 2 εκατοστά τζίντζερ φρέσκο, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 200 γρ. χαλλούμι
  • 200 γρ. σαλάμι Λευκάδας
  • Ελαιόλαδο για το σοτάρισμα
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε μια βαθιά κατσαρόλα ρίξτε δύο κουταλιές ελαιόλαδο, τη ζάχαρη και τα κρεμμύδια και σωτάρετε σε μέτρια φωτιά να καραμελώσουν περίπου 20 λεπτά.
  2. Προσθέστε το κρεμμύδι και το σκόρδο και σοτάρετε για άλλα δύο λεπτά.
  3. Προσθέστε την κολοκύθα και σοτάρετε για άλλα δύο λεπτά.
  4. Ρίξτε το ζωμό και προσθέστε τα βότανα και τα μπαχαρικά, εκτός από το τζίντζερ και το αλάτι.
  5. Πάντα το αλάτι στις σούπες το βάζουμε προς το τέλος.
  6. Εάν ξεκινήσετε από την αρχή και επειδή τμήμα του υγρού εξατμίζεται, μπορεί να καταλήξετε με μια σούπα αλμυρή.
  7. Μαγειρέψτε σε μεσαία/χαμηλή φωτιά μέχρι να μαλακώσει η κολοκύθα.
  8. Τρία λεπτά πριν το τέλος προσθέστε το τζίντζερ και λίγο αλάτι και δοκιμάστε.
  9. Στο μπλέντερ βάλτε όλα τα στερεά και λιώστε τα.
  10. Επιστρέψτε τα στην κατσαρόλα και προσθέστε τα υγρά και ανακατέψτε.
  11. Κόψτε το χαλλούμι σε φέτες και βάλτε το στο γκριλ για 3 έως 5 λεπτά.
  12. Κόψτε το σαλάμι και το χαλούμι σε μικρά κυβάκια στο μέγεθος του κρουτόν.
  13. Ρίξτε τη σούπα σε μπολ και από πάνω τα κρουτόν από το σαλάμι και το χαλλούμι.
  14. Συνοδέψτε με ζεστό ψωμί.

 

 

38 Responses to Butternut Squash Soup with Lefkada Salami and Halloumi Croutons

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  1. Juliana says:

    What a delicious soup…creamy and so tasty with the topping…I can only imagine how happy a spoonful of soup would make me.

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  3. Miz Helen says:

    Your Soup looks fabulous! Looking forward to seeing you again at Full Plate Thursday tonight!
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen

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  6. I always enjoy your history lessons and the soup and sausages look fabulous!

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  8. Beth says:

    Wonderful recipe – and I think Greece has the most beautiful beaches in the world!

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  10. This soup sounds delicious but would leave out the sausage since am not a fan of that..

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  12. I can not tell you how delicious that sounds!!!
    This seems like such an easy recipe for my kids to help with!

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  14. Karen says:

    Love butternut squash soup. Thanks for sharing at Let’s Get Real Friday Party.

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  16. Kelly says:

    This recipe looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you

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  18. Nicky says:

    Creamy soups like this are comforting and so good on a cold day. The croutons are a nice touch.

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  20. Ilka says:

    Butternut Squash for sure is one of my favorite soups – love that you added Sage and Ginger – yummy!

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  22. What a great idea to make croutons with halloumi, this soup sounds wonderful and now I want to visit Lefkada both for the beautiful beaches and their delicious salami!

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  24. Your soup looks wonderful, Katerina! I love the combination of flavours. I would never have thought to add Halloumi to soup – what a great idea!

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  26. I wish I could still get some butternut squash at this time of year. The soup looks super!

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  28. How fun to travel to see how the sausages were made. This soup looks absolutely delicious.

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  30. One of my favorite soups is squash soup. This sounds delightful!

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  32. grace says:

    beautifully colored soup! the contrast in texture provided by those toppings would be welcome indeed. bravo!

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  34. Tara says:

    This soup is a huge winner, colour, smoothness and the toppings look amazing!!

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  36. Liz says:

    What a lovely soup—made even more magnificent with your yummy garnishes!

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  38. Lefkada sounds like a beautiful destination. never heard of salami from Greece before, very cool, the soup looks wonderful with it.

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  40. I’v been to Lekata and loved it. They have so many yummy restaurants.
    You soup looks sensational Katerina!

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  42. Sissi says:

    Thank you, dear Katerina, for one more beautiful introduction and for sharing some of you family history. I’m not a fan of butternut squash or pumpkin (I know…. I’m in a tiny minority) but I must say your soup looks particularly beautiful and I already imagine the salami (or any other good quality cold meat) on top of another soup. I can buy halloumi easily but I haven’t dared yet. Now that I see your croutons I know I can use it in such an easy but certainly delicious way.

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  44. Soup has got beautiful color! Love the flavors going on in the soup.

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  46. Carlee says:

    How good does that look? I would love to do more traveling so I could see more of these places for myself!

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  48. Platter Talk says:

    What a great idea to add some savory salami in this soup! Bookmaking this recipe for our fall harvest of butternut squash; thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  50. Lefkada is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. I haven’t traveled much but would love this place. Your soup looks amazing. All the flavors and that color! Just wonderful!

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  52. loving the croutons in this

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  54. You always have engaging posts and of course fabulous recipes. I love Butternut Squash soup and will try the salami croutons. Great idea.

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  56. Diane says:

    What an interesting story. I remember Onassis and his flamboyant life! He always made the news here. I have to say you live in one of the most amazingly beautiful places on earth. Thank you for sharing it with us. These sausages are very interesting. I really love the color and texture of your beautiful soup!

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  58. I can tell that your butternut squash soup is exploding with amazing flavor…a must try for sure my friend!

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  60. έχει δίκιο η Ξανθή, την απογείωσες Κατερίνα μου!!
    απίθανη σούπα!
    σε φιλώ!

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  62. Susan says:

    The island is breathtaking and beautiful and so is your soup! It is still soup weather here!

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  64. Μοναδικα τα κρουτον απο σαλαμι Λευκαδα!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  66. Balvinder says:

    I love squash soup!! This has reminded me that it’s time to get some simmering…

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  68. mia xara says:

    It looks delicious, Katerina! I love the trimmings:) Kalo Mina, XOXO

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  70. Kate says:

    I’m sad for the first soup, butternut squash soup should always have that squash sweetness!

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  72. marcela says:

    Wow! Butternut squash is my beloved veggie! I love this soup!

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  74. Ξανθή says:

    Το αγαπημένο μας σαλάμι!!
    Απογείωσες μια απλή σούπα Κατερίνα.

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