My intent was to use this recipe to make the version of Dublin Lawyer that's in this photo. Gorgeous isn't it? The problem was the cost - it was obscene. I played with some other ideas, but I didn't come up with anything that tickled my fancy. So, rather than do an Irish meal I decided to do one that was green. Save for the salmon, we'll be green from start to finish. The first course is going to be an avocado soup from the Andalusian region of Spain. The last course is going to be lime sherbet that comes from a midwestern kitchen. The soup is lovely and I suspect you'll want to keep the recipe in your roster. For best flavor, the soup should be made in the morning and allowed to chill until meal time. It needs the day for the flavors to ripen. The soup thickens as it sits, so, you'll want to dilute it with ice water before serving. As with all chilled soups, you'll have to adjust the seasonings. I think you'll find it needs to be liberally salted. This is a very simple recipe. I think you'll like it. Here's what you need to do.
Chilled Avocado Soup - Sopa De Aguacate
1 bunch scallions (about 8)
3 large ripe avocados
1 to 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 large lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika (pimenton)
2 cups chicken broth
1 small handful cilantro or parsley
1-1/2 to 2 cups ice water
Salt and pepper to taste
Cilantro or parsley leaves for garnish
1) In the morning, trim scallions. Coarsely chop white part and place in jar of a blender. Add flesh of one avocado, garlic, and lemon juice. Puree. Add flesh of second avocado; puree. Add third avocado, cumin and paprika. Puree until smooth. Add cilantro. Slowly add chicken broth; blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate.
2) Just before serving, stir in iced water to thin puree. Check seasoning, adding salt and pepper if needed. Transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with cilantro or parsley leaves. Yield: 4 to 5 servings.