Last night I tried my hand at a very unusual recipe for peanut soup. It is one of the signature dishes served at Wayside Inn in Middletown, Virginia.
While not something that I would want to eat all the time, it was delicious and is definitely a good dish to trot out for company as it is tasty, easy, and out of the ordinary. We ate it hot, but I don't see why it wouldn't also make an interesting cool summer soup.
1 white onion
1 large carrot
1 celery stalk
3.5 cups chicken stock
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 can condensed milk
Salt to taste, we used quite a bit
Saute finely chopped onion, carrot, and celery with a small pat of butter just until the veggies carmelize and soften. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until
it relaxes and smooths out. This looks and feels a little strange when you're doing it. Add condensed milk and salt and bring back onto heat, though not quite to a boil. Strain to remove veggies and serve.