Shallot, Chive & Meyer Lemon Biscuits with My Go-To Butternut Squash & Apple Soup for FFWD

These simple Saint-Germain-des-Près Onion Biscuits from Around My French Table received a bonne idée from me this week.  I substituted the original recipe’s 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion for 2 small finely chopped shallots and about 1/4 cup minced fresh chives.  With a surplus of Meyer lemons in my produce bin I’m always looking for ways to use them up!  So, I added 1 tablespoon of grated Meyer lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed juice to the 3/4 cup of cold whole milk.  The Meyer lemon flavor was pronounced in the biscuits and I was also happy with my onion switch to the milder shallots and chives.  For my taste I felt the biscuits could have used more salt, at least another 1/4 teaspoon, if not more.  Here is a link to Dorie’s original recipe.  I also want to note that using a standard biscuit cutter the recipe yielded about 2 dozen biscuits.

My Go-To Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is simple to make for a light lunch or as a first course for dinner. I probably make this soup at least once a week when I find butternut squash at the market.  I love the combination of apple and butternut pureed in a soup so I would say that this is a true comfort food for me.  The recipe is simple, flavorful, nutritious and very low in fat, not a bad one to be a standard in my kitchen.

Ingredients and Directions for My Go-To Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

3 cups cubed butternut squash
1&1/2 cups chopped apple
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 smashed clove of garlic
2 teaspoons extras virgin olive oil
4 cups water or stock (veggie or chicken)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Finely minced chives, garnish for the top

In a heavy soup pan, like a dutch oven, heat the olive oil and add the onion.  Cook the onion, stirring occasionally until soft, add the garlic, cook for a few minutes.  Add the butternut squash and apple, cover with the liquid of your choice and simmer until tender.  Add liquid to barely cover the squash and apple mixture, plus more if needed as it cooks down.  Simmer on low heat until all the ingredients are soft, take off the heat and purée, leaving a few small chunks.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve in small bowls or cups with minced chives on top.  This soup goes very well with the biscuits.
Serves 4-6


  1. Look delicious Patty! love soups!

  2. Patty, what great use of your extra Meyer lemons. I can just imagine how great these biscuits are, especially with your go-to soup. I'll have to borrow your recipe sometime. My butternut squash repertoire is very small and the addition of apple sounds really good. :)

  3. I like the switch from onion to shallot and chive very much; much more subtle. Your soup looks delicious also.

  4. How funny, Patty – I just posted my biscuits with soup, too! Great minds! I love the addition of lemon I'll have to try that. I also love your soup recipe.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Patty, what a delicious looking lunch – I would even eat this for dinner!

  6. Oh I love this beautiful soup and biscuits, Patty! It must be nice to make some home-baked biscuits or bread to go with home-made soup. As I'm not a baker, I've never had both at the same time before. Oh, and adding apples to butternut squash soup sounds like a great idea, too!

  7. Patty – my mouth is severly watering right now. Those biscuits are out of this world – BTW – I really need that recipe. Your photos are really great my friend!!! Nicely done

  8. Love your own bonne idee version of these biscuits. So creative!

  9. Beautiful :-)
    Any time I see lemons in a picture it makes me smile. I am smiling…

  10. Lovely photos and the soup is simple but I bet full of wonderful flavors.

  11. Looks delicious! Love the idea of lemon with the biscuits. I could eat biscuits all day long!

  12. Like your bonne idee! I've been thinking these biscuits would be good with thyme added. Next time!

  13. There are so many wonderful flavors in this soup and biscuits, I don't even know where to begin! What a great combination of recipes, Patty. Both look so delicious!

  14. This looks delicious..Totally YUMMY


  15. Such beautiful photos! And your soup looks delish. Such a lovely meal and perfect for your biscuits.

  16. Biscuits with soup..that's a ultimate comforting and delicious combination. Totally delicious!

  17. What fantastic subs and they look so darn good! I have half the batch in my freezer but there they will stay as I now have to make more soup to go with. I think I'll make a batch of Dorie's mushroom soup to go with.

  18. Just beautiful! Perfect biscuits…perfect soup. One of my favorites!

  19. Very nice adaptation with your lemon, shallots and chives, and beautiful photos as always. Have a great weekend.

  20. Beautifully done!! Love the way you adapted your biscuits! I think my husband would have even eaten those. Love butternut squash soup…looks so delicious!

  21. Pinning this – drooling over the combination of soup and biscuits!

  22. Oh, Patty, how lovely. I'm feeling sick right now…I think I just caught a stomach bug from the kids, so the soup looks good to me especially.

  23. Perfect biscuits…and I love your delicious twists :) Your soup looks fabulous, too…perfect for this chilly evening! Enjoy your weekend, Patty!

  24. What a beautiful presentation and photos are truly wonderful!!!!Love the soup and your sounds heart worming as well as those biscuits..yummy!!!

  25. I love Meyer lemons. I can imagine them adding wonderful flavor to the biscuits, especially with the more subtle onion flavors you used. I have one butternut squash left in the pantry, so I might just try your go-to-soup.

  26. Patty the first pic is out of this world!! ove your go to soup recipe, thank you for sharing!

  27. Everything is just beautiful. I love the variations on the biscuits and they
    look so light and fluffy. I glanced at the rugelach also and they look
    delicious. Your photos are lovely.

  28. First the biscuits….what a lovely rendition with the lemon and herbs! And then soup? Just delicious. I've never thought of apples. Thank you for sharing sweet friend. What a delicious way to begin my weekend. I hope you are doing well. Hugs and love.

  29. I wish butternut squash was still available. I've never tried that combination but it sounds and looks delicious. The biscuits look like the perfect accompaniment for the soup. Beautiful shots Patty!

  30. The biscuits got me…the soup looks delicious…

  31. Me encantan las sopas luce hermosA y delicIosa ,felicitaciones,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  32. beautiful biscuits!! I still need to make mine. :)

  33. Your biscuits look delicious and I like your add-ins. Your presentation is just lovely. I have never had apple soup and can't wait to try your recipe.

  34. I love your variation on the biscuit recipe – it sounds wonderful. I bet it made a great accompaniment to the soup. The combination of butternut squash and apple is a favourite of mine, too.

  35. Beautiful photos and what a great flavor combination! Love it!

  36. Yummo! Love your substitutions, and these biscuits with your soup sounds devine.

  37. Thanks for the soup recipe, I'm always looking for ways to use butternut squash! I love the idea of adding lemon to the biscuits, glad you enjoyed them.

  38. This soup is just delightful and the biscuits look amazing! Such a beautifully flavored meal :)
    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

  39. Patty-I just love the comforting butternut squash soup, and biscuits to go with it! A “match made in heaven”…great recipe for the soup:DDD

  40. I'm a big fan of souring milk for recipes, and cannot even imagine how tasty your Meyer lemon 'buttermilk' turned out.

  41. Beautiful flavors all around! I can't get enough of Meyer lemons. I hope one day to be able to achieve photos as gorgeous as yours :)

  42. I never did ventured to add apples in any of my soups…hmmm…gotta give this a chance. Those biscuits…they sound yummy!

    Patty…these captures of yours are very alluring…beautiful photography ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  43. I just bought butternut squash yesterday. Thinking to make butternut squash lasagna but this soup is so inviting and conforting especially these cold days in Seattle. Hmm..decision decision..

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