Peanut Soup with Okra Croutons

Peanut Soup with Okra Croutons Category Appetizers 
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------------------------------------SOUP------------------------------------ 1/2 tb Peanut oil

1/4 ts Crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tb Coriander seeds

1/2 c Celery, diced

1/2 c Carrot, diced

2/3 c Butternut squash, diced

2/3 c Potatoes, diced

1 c Peanuts, roasted, shelled &

- unsalted 6 c Stock

1 tb Lemon juice

Salt & pepper -------------------------------OKRA CROUTONS------------------------------- 1 1/2 c Okra, thinly sliced

3 tb Cornmeal

1/4 ts Cumin

1/4 ts Cayenne

1/4 ts Herbal salt

Olive oil spray Place oil, pepper flakes & coriander in a large non-stick pot & fry over moderate heat until the seeds begin to darken. Add vegetables & peanuts & cook for 3 minutes. Pour in the stock & bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat & simmer 30 minutes. Cool slightly & puree. Gently reheat, add lemon juice & season to taste. Serve in shallow bowls garnished with okra croutons. CROUTONS: Prehaet oven to 375F. Rinse okra under running water, drain & pat dry with paper towels. Combine cornmeal, seasonings, salt & okra in a bag. Seal & shake well. Spray a baking sheet with oil, spread okra slices in a single layer & spray them with oil too. Bake until crisp & browned, spraying & stirring twice during cooking. Should take 30 minutes. Yamuna Devi, "Yamuna's Table"

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