5/9/12

Love Avocados? Want Something Other Than Guacamole? Make Avocado Soup!

I did not eat my first avocado at least until I was thirteen years old. I doubt avocados were available in Moscow (Russia), so it wasn't until my family immigrated to Seattle, WA that I had my first taste of the green creamy smooth and buttery fruit.

I was hooked!

I can eat avocados simply seasoned with salt and lime juice, as a dip {guacamole}, sliced on sandwiches, or added to salads.

A few months ago I learned how to make avocado soup from the lovely and talented Patricia Jinich.

The soup consisted of onions, cilantro, chicken stock, avocados, jalapenos and a few other ingredients. The best thing about the recipe is that it can be customized to suit your tastes and whims.

I kept on meaning to recreate the recipe at home and then a  lucky thing happened.

My friend Rachael, aka La Fuji Mama, sent me a box of six avocados from California Avocados Direct. I was beyond thrilled.

These avocados arrived bright green and hard as a rock. I had to be super patient and wait until they ripened before creating my avocado soup. {See the difference in color between the ripe avocados in front and the unripe ones in the back.}


Avocado Soup
Makes 6 cups

Ingredients
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 jalapeno, seeded, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
4 cups simmering chicken broth
flesh of 2 large avocados
salt & pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lime

Toppings
Tostitos Artisan Recipes Fire Roasted Chipotle Chips
fresh cilantro
crumbled feta
lime wedges
fresh corn, removed from the cob and sauteed in olive oil







Directions
1. Heat oil and butter in a skillet. Add onions and jalapenos and saute until tender.
2. Add cilantro and cook just until it wilts.


3. In a blender, puree chicken stock with the onion/jalapeno/cilantro mixture, avocados, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.


4. Pour the soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro, feta, corn and chips.


The soup is great warm or chilled.


Have you ever made avocado soup before? If not, what do YOU like to do with avocados?

10 comments:

MimiAvocado said...

We live in the middle of an avocado ranch and have never eaten avocado soup! You're an inspiration!

MimiAvocado said...

Thanks for the shout-out to CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com! We're so happy that you enjoyed the avocados from our family farm! Rachael is a special friend...she LOVES avocados too.

Nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

I would never think about making an avocado soup! Sounds and looks fantastic!

Belinda said...

Great use to put this in a soup!! Brilliant!

Minnie Kitchen said...

This must be so delicious! I love avocados!

Meister, The Nervous Cook said...

What a great surprise, to get a box full of avocados delivered to your house! Now that's a friend.

My squeeze is crazy for avocados: He'll scoop the meat right out of the shell with a spoon. I should make him some avo soup for a weeknight treat soon. What a great idea!

DeliciousDish said...

I love avocados! Avocado soup sounds so interesting and different! And I want the towel in that last picture!

Jc Gibbs said...

I've never made Avocado Soup before but I had a smoothie at the Vietnamese Shop and it was pure refreshing!

This recipe sounds friendly to make, totally :) and with Feta cheese hmmm delish...

I grew up eating avocado w/ salt and rice, or raw sugar and coconut :)

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

I’m not a fan of avocados in sweet dishes/drinks. I’m definitely more of a savory girl, but to each their own ;0

Kenny J said...

I love avocados and have been trying to learn other ways to use them. I recently made a very successful avocado pesto w/ linguine. I'll definitely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!