For today’s Friday night dinner and a movie recipe I’m inspired by one of my favorite Halloween flicks: Hocus Pocus. So I’m stirring my bubbling cauldron (aka, my soup pot) to make this Hocus Pocus Witches Brew Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Cheezy Garlic Broomsticks and witches hats. Grab a spoon and dive into this spooky-delicious, witchy green soup. There are plenty of broomsticks to go around!..
One of my favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus. Released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1993, it stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy at 3 “back from the dead” witches out on the prowl to gain eternal life. Moments of fun and moments of fright make this a wonderful spooky movie that the whole family can enjoy. And the whole family will love this soup too. Note: Hocus Pocus airs on ABC Family Channel during the month of October. Listings here.
Because if there is any way to get your kids to enjoy a “green soup” it is by 1) covering it in cheddar (vegan shown here) cheese. And 2) calling it green because it is a witches brew.
The flavor inspiration for this soup is broccoli-cheddar. The idea is to get the kids to see the bright orange cheese first – and the green stuff second. But once they dive into these savory veggie flavors, I hope they will keep eating until the last broomstick is turned to crumbs. Or as the witches say. “to dust.”
My meal was made vegan using Daiya dairy-free cheddar cheese, Earth Balance vegan butter and soy based creamer for the soup. You can make your meal vegan, or sub with similar ingredients that you keep in you pantry. Happy witching season!
Witches Brew Broccoli Cheddar Soup
vegan, makes 6-7 cups
6 cups broccoli florets – steamed
2 cups veggie or mushroom broth
1/3 cup soy creamer, plain
1 cup white potato, baked with skin
1 cup white cannellini beans
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup Daiya cheddar cheese shreds
2-3 Tbsp olive oil + salt to taste OR melted vegan butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional for a sweet accent)
2-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
garnish: roasted broccoli florets coated in melted Daiya cheddar cheese
Cheezy Garlic Broomsticks and Witches Hats
1 ball pizza dough
1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
1/2 cup Daiya cheddar cheese shreds
Prepare soup in a high speed blender like a Vitamix (or use immersion handstick blender).
1. First steam 6 cups of broccoli florets. Add 3 cups to a blender. Also add in the potato, beans, cheese, creamer, optional oil/butter and veggie broth. Blend until smooth. Add in the remaining broccoli and either pulse to keep the soup “chunky” style or puree smooth for a creamy soup. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on stove top until ready to serve.
2. For the broomsticks, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough to 3/4 ” thick. Slice into long strips (the broomsticks). Then using about 1/4 of the dough, cut out triangle shapes. You can make these into witches hats as well as use them for the broomstick bristles. Slice the triangles into a broom shape. The dough will rise as it bakes, but still resemble the brooms. Lay the brooms and hats on a greased baking sheet. Brush with melted vegan butter and sprinkle with garlic and cheese. Bake for ten minutes, Broil on high for an additional minute until the cheese bubbles.
Serve the brew!