Kanuchi (Cherokee Pureed Nut Soup)

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]

Kanuchi is a creamy Cherokee soup traditionally made from hickory nuts that are crushed by hand into a thick paste. That paste is then formed into large balls and stored until ready to use for this soup. Because hickory nuts aren’t farmed commercially in the United States, pecans, which have a similar flavor, can be used instead.

Here, we use a food processor to transform the nuts into a paste, but depending on the power of your machine and how long you allow it to process the nuts, it’s possible your paste will end up too smooth and loose to form balls. This is fine, in that you can still make a delicious soup regardless of the final consistency of the paste.

Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you. It has very few ingredients, but once they are reduced and seasoned with salt and a touch of maple syrup, the result is a rich and nutty soup with a clean and deep flavor. Pick the garnish that appeals to you more: hominy corn, the more traditional option given it’s indigenous to the Americas, or roasted sweet potatoes, a non-native option that’s popular today.

Published at Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:58:30 +0000