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In Peru, small streams wend their way from the mountains to the coast, and the delicious shrimp that fill them are cooked with local corn, squash and potatoes to make this South American chowder called chupe. Don't peel the shrimp before cooking them in Step 1: The shells will flavor the cooking oil, which in turn will flavor the soup. The corn is traditionally left on the cob, but if the prospect of eating it this way (it is messy) bothers you, use two cups of kernels instead.
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 pound unpeeled medium shrimp
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- Dash Tabasco sauce
- 1 small butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 small head green cabbage (about 1 1/4 pounds), chopped (about 1 quart)
- 1 pound baking potatoes (about 2), peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
- 4 ears of corn, halved
- 2 quarts water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup frozen peas (optional)
In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the shrimp and 1 teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp are pink and firm, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. When the shrimp are cool enough to handle, peel them and set aside.
Add the onion, cayenne, paprika, cumin and another teaspoon of the salt to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the Tabasco, squash, cabbage, potatoes, corn and water to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
Add the cream and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the peeled shrimp, the remaining teaspoon of salt, and the peas, if using. Cook until the shrimp are just heated through, about 2 minutes.
Tip: WINE RECOMMENDATION: We recommend the wines of Alsace again and again because they are so versatile, enhancing so many types of food. Here a pinot gris, nutty and rich, will have the body and flavor to beautifully highlight the soup.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
701 calories; 36g total fat; 254mg cholesterol; 1994mg sodium; 69g carbohydrates; 13g fiber; 33g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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