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Apple Bisque with Chestnuts

Apple Bisque with Chestnuts

This unique recipe pairs the homey sweetness of apples with the creamy texture and rich flavor of chestnuts. Choose at least two varieties of all-purpose cooking apples for the best flavor--try a combination of Cortland, Gravenstein, Stay-man, Winesap, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Grimes Golden, or York.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2004

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped bottled chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup cream sherry
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Thyme leaves (optional)

Preparation

Heat butter and oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and chopped thyme; cook 10 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and apples; cover and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add water, chestnuts, sherry, salt, and black pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.

Place half of the apple mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed bisque into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining apple mixture. Return bisque to pan; cook over low heat 5 minutes or just until heated. Garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 131
  • Calories from fat: 25%
  • Fat: 3.7g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.7g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
  • Sodium: 437mg
  • Calcium: 21mg
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