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November 10, 2022 | All, Chardonnay Recipe, Fall Recipes, Recipes | Fort Ross

Butternut Squash Soup with Brioche Crouton

Butternut Squash Soup with Brioche Crouton

Fort Ross Estate Chef John Vong offers his take on a classic autumn favorite. The richness of the squash and cream and completemented by sherry vinegar and lemon zest, making an ideal match for our 2019 Chardonnay


1 butternut squash, about 2lb

2 quarts vegetable stock

2 cups cream

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced

1⁄2 teaspoon ground green cardamom

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Zest of one lemon

Kosher salt to taste

 Brioche crouton:
2 slices Brioche bread, cut into 1 inch sticks

2 tablespoons olive oil

Zest of half of a lemon

1⁄4 teaspoon ground green cardamom


1. Split squash in half, and scoop out seeds. Season with salt and green cardamom. Roast at 350F for one hour. Set aside to cool, then scoop the squash out of it’s skin.

2. In a large pot, sweat shallots over medium heat until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add roasted squash, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add sherry vinegar to deglaze.

3. Add cream and stock and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 5 minutes, then blend until smooth.

4. Pour soup through a strainer into a clean pot a bring to a simmer. Season with salt and lemon zest.

5. Serve with crème fraiche on top and brioche crouton.

Brioche Crouton
1. Coat brioche with olive oil

2. Sprinkle on lemon zest and green cardamom.

3. Toast at 350F for 7 minutes, or until crispy

Pair with 2019 Chardonnay »

Why It Works 

Our 2019 Chardonnay shows contrasting notes of creaminess and minerality; hazelnut and pastry dough flavors are layered with Meyer lemon and our signature minerality. This round, creamy texture is in perfect harmony with the weight of this soup, and the minerality brings out the subtle lemony notes in the soup.


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