Soup Swap 101
If you've done a cookie exchange, think of this as the same thing, only with frozen homemade soups.
- Paper invites are fun, but in this case, keeping it digital is not only easier but will make sharing recipes a cinch. If your group is Facebook-friendly, you can create an event or group page and ask guests to post recipes there.
- Keep your guest list to six to eight people, this will ensure that everyone leaves with a robust selection (but not with so much that they run out of freezer space).
- Ask each participant to prepare and freeze a batch of soup for everyone, plus an extra batch to share during the swap.
- Encourage variety by picking a theme. For example, a "globe-trotter" motif could inspire soups from various regions of the world. Assign guests different regions (like Central America, Europe, Asia or North America) and ask them to create a soup inspired by that region. That way, you won't end up with four versions of beer cheese soup.
- Freeze soups in microwavable plastic storage bowls or freezer bags.
- Label and date soups clearly. No one likes to find a mystery bag buried in the freezer.
- Elevate soups from good to great with fancy (but inexpensive) ingredients: avocado, cilantro, Italian parsley, toasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts, plain Greek yogurt, limes, lemons, olives, basil (sliced into elegant chiffonade strips!), tortilla strips, croutons, popcorn. Your options are endless!
- Assemble a light salad to pair with the soups and a selection of carb-laden goodies for dipping.