Dinner for 6: Ginger Carrot Soup, Miso Cod and Bread Pudding

December 2, 2011

I recently catered a plated, three-course dinner for six at the Manhattan apartment of my client, Jenelle, an amazing woman with amazing friends. After discussing various options for the menu with her, we decided on the following courses:

Ginger carrot soup with a dollop of cream.

This soup is one of my favorites. It is healthy and light but surprisingly filling and flavorful. I often make a large batch of this soup along with some toasted brioche to eat as lunch for the week. It’s pretty strong on the ginger with the recipe below so if you’re a ginger lover, it’s fine as is. If you only like a hint of ginger, however, you may want to add less.

2 tablespoons butter
2 onions, peeled and chopped
6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (about a 2-inch piece)
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and white pepper

In a dutch oven (preferably) add butter and onion and cook until onion is translucent. Add broth, ginger and carrot and bring to a simmer, cooking until carrots are tender. Add salt and pepper. Turn off heat and use hand blender (or standing blender) to blend ingredients until consistency is smooth but still thick. Add more broth if needed. Garnish with cream. EAT!

Miso glazed cod, haricot vert with carmelized shallot and sliced almonds, and roasted rosemary potatoes.

Bread pudding spheres with homemade whipped cream served atop bananas foster.

Let’s be honest — fire is fun. That’s one of the reasons I love making bananas foster. The other reason? It’s #&*ing delicious! On top of this banana and brown sugar bonanza I added bread pudding rounds. I only have one piece of advice for bread pudding — use challah bread and only challah bread. I also added crushed walnuts to the mix, figuring they would go great with the bananas. They did.

The night was a success!

And thanks to Joseph Zwielich for the great photos on this page.

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2 Responses to “Dinner for 6: Ginger Carrot Soup, Miso Cod and Bread Pudding”

  1. Kile said

    That whipped topping looks delicious!!! How did you make it?

  2. Gillian said

    I will definitely be making this soup!

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