Cushaw Pumpkin Soup
1 cushaw pumpkin 5 - 8 lbs
3 baking potatoes
1 med onion, diced
8 -10 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
Pork or chicken stock
salt and pepper
Wash pumpkin well with soapy water, rinse and dry. Split pumpkin in half. Scoop out the fiber and seeds. Rub the halves with olive oil inside and out. Place flesh side down on a greased baking sheet (or silpat). Bake at 375 degrees until the meat is fork tender.
At the same time, individually wrap the baking potatoes in foil. Place in the oven on an upper rack to bake until soft. The pumpkin and potatoes should be done about the same time.
When cool enough to handle scoop out the flesh of the potatoes and pumpkin into a large clean bowl. Add a couple tbsp of butter and let melt into the mixture.
In a skillet brown the bacon rendering the fat. Remove the bacon to drain. Pour away all but about 2 tsp of the remaining fat. Return to heat and add the onion. Cook until clear.
Add the onions to the potatoes and pumpkin. Using a stick blender or food processor, puree the mix.
Pour the puree into a stock pot. Slowly add the stock until the mix is the consistancy of soup that you prefer. We like a thicker soup. You might like a thinner soup. Heat through and allow to simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.
For a more creamier type of soup in place of some of the stock use a nice whipping cream.
I was lazy and cooked the onions and the bacon together over a slow heat. I then used the food processor and pureed them using some of the soup and then added the mix back to the pot to simmer about 20 minutes longer. The soup was fabulous!