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Pumpkin chowder with salmon

10 minutes
15 minutes

“When I want to give myself a lift I make salmon fillets with a comforting, creamy, slightly sweet pumpkin chowder.” – Khanya Mzongwana

Wine/Spirit Pairing
AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc

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  •  1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 200 g pumpkin, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • thyme, a sprig
  • garlic, 1 clove
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  •  1⁄2 cup cream
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 Woolworths Norwegian salmon fillets
  • 4 T Woolworths labneh , for serving
  • Italian parsley, roughly chopped, to garnish
  • For the sunflower seed butter:
  • 60 g sunflower seeds
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 t paprika

1 Heat the olive oil in a pan and sauté the pumpkin until caramelised around the edges. Reduce the heat slightly and add the onion, thyme and garlic. Gently fry until the onions are soft and translucent.

2 Stir in the paprika and add the chicken stock. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in the cream and brown sugar. Season and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender and the chowder has a creamy consistency.

3 Heat a non-stick pan and coat with olive oil. Season the salmon and slide into the hot pan, skin-side down. Fry until the skin is crispy and golden. Carefully turn over and cook the other side until caramelised.

4 To make the sunflower seed butter, heat a pan and add the sunflower seeds, toast lightly, then add the butter and paprika. Cook until sizzling, then season.

5 To serve, divide the chowder between bowls and top with a salmon fillet, the sunflower seed butter and a dollop of labneh. Garnish with parsley.

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Photographs: Elsa Young
Production: Khanya Mzongwana
Food assistant: Offentse Clive Ndou

Khanya Mzongwana

Recipe by: Khanya Mzongwana

If you're anything like our deputy food editor Khanya Mzongwana, you're obsessed with uniqueness and food with feeling. Cook her family-tested favourites, midweek winners and her mouth-wateringly fresh takes on plant-based eating.

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