Recipe: Butternut Squash Bisque

Chef Russell Miller adds a Michigan touch to the cold-weather favorite

RUSSELL MILLER chef de cuisine at TRIA — An American Brasserie at The Henry Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton, Dearborn), is new to the metro Detroit culinary scene. He honed his skills in northern Michigan, where he served as executive chef at The Inn at Bay Harbor and sous-chef at Latitude. Miller loves to use the freshest produce available from local farms including, of course, Michigan-grown butternut squash.


Photograph by Joe Vaughn

Butternut Squash Bisque

(Serves 4-5)

3 butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 small white onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
1 cup white wine
3 quarts chicken stock
1 quart heavy cream (see note below)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 375.

Peel and seed the butternut squash and do a rough chop. Toss in a bowl with butter, salt, and pepper. Place in oven on a baking sheet and roast 20 minutes. In a medium-to-large stockpot over medium heat, put in 3 tablespoons butter and all vegetables (except chipotle). Cook 4 minutes. Add chipotle pepper and cook another 2 minutes.

Add white wine and chicken stock and simmer 10 minutes. Add butternut squash and heavy cream and simmer 20 minutes to reduce by one-third. Remove from heat and purée mixture in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large mixing bowl.

Add brown sugar and honey to puréed mixture and whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with honey, crème fraîche, and cilantro.

Note: You may use half heavy cream and half milk to reduce fat and calories, but some cream is necessary for the body of the bisque.


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