COLD TOMATILLO AND AVOCADO SOUP

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For our summer BlueStreet Jazz Voices potluck dinner party, one of our wonderful first sopranos brought this delightful cold soup. Deb served the soup in very pretty and very tiny little dishes. Each was garnished with a cilantro leaf. Each little bowl only provided about 6 small spoonfuls of this glorious concoction, which of course left us wanting more. But with all the other food available, the amount she served was just right. Plus, the soup is quite rich, so a small amount was absolutely perfect. So of course being the foodie that I am, I immediately asked for the recipe. I was astounded when she told me the soup contained only 4 ingredients plus salt, if required. What’s not to like about that?

So being the sweetie that she is, she sent me the recipe. Now you know me. I never leave well enough alone. I decided to try my hand at making the soup from scratch, rather than use store bought Salsa Verde. (I have since laid in a supply of Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde for those occasions when I need a tomatillo and avocado soup fix right now!) But for many, like myself, there are no Trader Joe’s in the immediate vicinity. And the green salsas I can find in my local grocery store, at least the ones that look like they are half decent, are all quite pricey. ($6.95 for 20 ounces; I think not!)

So I am going to provide you with both Deb’s recipe and my recipe for this amazing soup. Both are delicious. Both are fairly economical and healthy, and both are perfect to serve as a first course on a warm summer evening.

Thanks again Deb for this great recipe.

Recipe number 1:  

  • 3 small ripe avocados diced, about 2½ cups
  • 1½ c. Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde* or salsa Verde of choice
  • heaping ¼ c. chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • heaping ¼ c. sour cream
  • kosher salt, if required

In blender, puree all. Thin with water if desired; season. Chill until cold. Serve in small bowls garnished with cilantro.

*FYI: Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde is about $2 a jar. Worth every penny!

Recipe number 2:

  • ½ small jalapeno pepper, seeds and stem removed
  • 4 large or 5 small tomatillos, cores removed
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (not too much)
  • ½ c. loosely packed rough chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion, rough chopped
  • 1 very small garlic clove
  • 3 small ripe avocados, cut into large chunks
  • heaping ¼ c. sour cream (I use Crema Mexicana – Mexican style sour cream)

Place the jalapeno pepper and tomatillos in a shallow roasting pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until veggies start to soften. Remove veggies from oven; cool.  Whirl in a blender or food processor with salt, pepper, cilantro, green onion, garlic, avocados, and sour cream. If the soup is too thick, add a small amount of water. Adjust seasoning. Chill until cold. Serve in small bowls garnished with cilantro.

Please let me know if you like this recipe. Thanks