|2 tablespoons||Avocado oil|
|1 tablespoon||Walnut oil; (or 3 Tb fruity olive oil )|
|1 medium||Yellow onion; chopped|
|4||Cloves garlic; peeled and minced|
|1||Piece of ginger;1 1/2 inches long, peeled and minced|
|3||Serrano; (or more) or jalapeno chiles, stemmed, seeded and minced|
|4 cups||Chicken stock|
|3||Ripe avocados; preferably Haas variety|
|1 bunch||Radishes; 10-12|
|½ cup||Sour cream|
|¼ cup||Cilantro leaves; very finely minced|
|1 teaspoon||Ground coriander|
|Salt; to taste|
|Black pepper; fresh ground, to taste|
Complete title: Avocado Soup (with minced ginger), Radish Garnish and Cilantro Cream Garnish
Heat the avocado oil (or two tablespoons of the olive oil) in a saucepan and add chopped onion. Saute for 5 minutes and add garlic, ginger and 2 of the peppers. Saute for another 5 minutes. Add the stock, simmer for 10 minutes and remove from heat. While the stock and vegetables are simmering, cut the avocados in half and seed and peel them. Chop the avocados, toss them with the juice of 1 lime and place about half the avocado in a blender container. Add hot stock and vegetables until container is about ¾ full and process until the mixture is smooth and liquid. Chill the soup thoroughly, preferably for several hours.
Taste the chilled soup and add salt and more lime juice to taste. Ladle it into chilled soup bowls. Top each serving with a tablespoon of cilantro cream and a tablespoon of julienned radishes.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Cut the radishes in small julienne and toss with the walnut oil or the remaining olive oil, the juice of ½ lime and salt to taste. Chill until you are ready to use them.
Cilantro Cream Garnish
Stir the sour cream and half-and-half together, add the chopped cilantro (or ⅛ of a "motel-sized" bar of soap???), the remaining chili pepper, the ground coriander and salt to taste. Chill until you are ready to use it.
Variation: "This soup is also delicious when served hot and is an ideal opening to a hearty Mexican meal." Posted to CHILE-HEADS DIGEST by "J. B. Cattley" <jbc@...> on Nov 21, 1998, converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.
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