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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chilled Avocado Soup - Sopa De Aguacate



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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:

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.

23 comments :

Selba said...

Yummmm.. this avocado soup looks so delicious.

I tried to make avocado soup once at home but it turned out bitter. Not so sure whether I used the wrong ingredients or the avocado itself was bitter.

recipes2share said...

The spring sunshine has just arrived in Paris and what a lunchtime delicious treat this soup would be.

Hootin' Anni said...

I've actually tasted avocado soup before and it's quite good!!!! Love the 'touch' of shamrock in the photo.


HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

Donna-FFW said...

What a perfect bowl of soup for today! How appropriately colored, and I love how your garnish looks like a shamrock! Happy St Patty's to you!

Martha said...

Love green meals for St. Pat's as I love chocolate meals for Valentine's. Soup looks wonderful and we love avocado.

Netts Nook said...

I love Avocado Soup yours looks great Mary and so festive.

Maria said...

Love the green soup! It is perfect for today!

Allie said...

I'm excited about this recipe. I was telling my husband the other day that I should try and find an avocado soup recipe and now I have one!! I loved the carrot soup you had and almost ate it all myself. Of course all of your soups are amazing!

Pam said...

I've never had chilled avocado soup before - it looks stunning. I love the color.

Mary said...

Hi gals. The only trick to this soup is making it early in the day so the flavors can meld. Hope you all will try it.

Karen said...

What a beautiful color to this soup and it looks so rich and creamy. Perfect for St. Pat's Day! :)

Lisa said...

I love Spanish flavors and this does have a lovely color. As we are great fans of avocados, I'm sure this would be a hit at my table. Thanks!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The Blonde Duck said...

What a cool idea!

Natashya said...

This looks wonderful! What a colour!
I can't wait until I start seeing avocados here, I really want to try my hand at more chilled soups this year.

Apples and Butter said...

I love this! I used to make a chilled avocado soup when I first started cooking, but haven't tried it in years!

Soma said...

I just love avacados & always have it at home. this is a must try! going to be great with the warm weather coming on.

lilyng said...

mary

fantastic idea and delicious soup.

happy st patrick's day

Jude said...

I've tried south american versions of this soup and they were so good. Looking forward to trying this spanish recipe.

we are never full said...

wow - the color! i need this now. it looks like spring in a bowl. great recipe.

Tonia said...

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Tonia said...

Just made a couple of hours ago....looking forward to it for this evening meal....I added 1 seeded cucumber w/the scallions ......we will see.

Tonia said...

Made two hours ago.....added 1 seeded cucumber to add a freshness w/the scallions ....we will see how this is at evening meal tonight!!!! Was easy to make and taste testing was a true delight!!!! Wine paring: sauvignon blanc.... will post later!!!

Kijo Wright said...

First time I tried making this soup, after drooling over it for a week or so.

Very simple to make, and quite good. made lime lime marinated chicken to go with it and it turned out to be a perfect meal!!!

Thanks for the great recipe.

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