Friday, August 21, 2009

Cool & Creamy Cucumber Avocado Soup

We have a nice supply of English Cucumbers from our garden this summer. They're so mild and delicious, with itty bitty seeds that aren't bitter or chewy!

I've been making appetizers with them lately, but Ron suggested a cucumber soup.

So I searched the internet and found several different recipes that sounded good.

But because of my creative nature, I just can't help but make my own concoction out of the recipes I read!

So let's get on with it.

Here is the recipe and a few photos (the one below is topped with chopped cilantro):

1/2 cup White Wine
1 medium Onion, diced
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 large Cucumbers, peeled, chopped (I prefer English Cucumbers)
1-1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
1/2 cup Soy Sour Cream
1 Avocado
1/4 teaspoon Chipotle Powder (optional?!)

Saute onion in white wine for 5 minutes.

Add garlic and cucumbers and heat for another 3 minutes.

Stir in vegetable broth and lime juice; bring to a boil.

Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.

This could take 15-30 minutes.

Depending on the capacity of your particular appliance (did that sound right?!), you may need to do the following step, blending, in batches.

Place mixture in a blender or food processor, leaving at least 1/3 of the cup unfilled, as the whirling action causes food to move upward and potentially spill out of the cap... making an unnecessary mess!

Then add soy sour cream. Peel avocado and discard seed, then add to blender. Add chipotle powder.

Puree until smooth.

I usually emply the "PULSE" mode. Here's how I do it:

Turn the unit on. Engage the PULSE mode, then push the PUREE button every second, three or four times, to get the process started gradually.

After that, just PUREE until you think it's the right smooth and creamy consistency!

Chill in a covered bowl (I prefer glass or ceramic) at least 4 hours; overnight is even better. Serve cold!

Add a pinch of cayenne, a tablespoon of chopped dill or cilantro, or a few teaspoons of seeded jalapeno peppers before blending. No soy sour cream available in your small town? Omit it completely, or add another half of an avocado! FINALLY, if you can't stand the heat, don't get out of the kitchen! Simply minimize or omit the chipotle powder.

I top each bowlful with a heaping tablespoon of my fresh salsa. Yum!

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