Granny Smith apple and yam soup with glazed pecans

Ingredients:

For the pecans
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light-colored corn syrup
2 teaspoons water
teaspoon salt
1 cup (4 ounces) whole pecans
For the soup
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 leek (white part only), halved lengthwise, rinsed, and cut into -inch slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons curry powder
5 cups vegetable stock (make using stock cubes, concentrate, or powder)
1 medium orange-fleshed sweet potato (about 10 ounces), peeled and cut into -inch chunks
2 Granny Smith, or other tart apples, peeled and cut into -inch cubes
cup dry white wine
Salt and ground white pepper to taste
Pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries for garnish

Method:

To make the pecans, preheat the oven to 250 F. Line a jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil and spray it with vegetable-oil cooking spray. Melt the butter in a small nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the corn syrup, water, and salt. Bring to a
boil, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the pecans and stir
until completely coated. Spread the nuts in a single layer on the prepared pan.
Bake, stirring occasionally, for about 60 minutes, or until lightly browned and dry. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool, then coarsely chop. (Whole pecans will sink to the bottom of the soup bowls.)
Meanwhile, prepare the soup. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add
the carrot, celery, leek, garlic, ginger, and curry powder; cook, stirring occasionally, until the leek is softened, about 5 minutes.

Helpful Hints:

Makes 6 cups - 6 servings
Tart apples and a sweet yam, ginger and curry are the magical components of this
soup. In addition to the sweet and salty pecans, top servings with colorful pomegranate seeds if you make this in October, November, and December.


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