Friday, February 22, 2008

the once and future soup

What was lost is found. The cold mango soup recipe has mysteriously appeared again.

It has a great mix of flavors. For those of you in Mexico, the ingredients are fresh and at hand. For those of us up north, all of the "fresh" ingredients may require an equivalent of "canned" fruits. But the recipe will work. (The mangoes at my local grocer are hard enough to serve as bocce balls.)

Chilled mango soup

2 large ripe mangoes
1 jalapeño pepper
1/2 pineapple sliced in chunks
2 cups mango juice
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (red and/or white peppercorns)

Peel and pit mangoes. Roughly chop mango flesh. Roughly chop jalapeño. (Discard seeds and pulp for milder soup. Include seeds and pulp for a more picante version.) Combine all ingredients in food processor. Pulse until mixture is as smooth as possible. Press mixture through sieve, and chill in refrigerator at least for 2 hours. Serve with any complementary garnish -- mint, berries, fruit sorbet.

This soup has been a hit at my home dinner parties. I would not advise serving it at potluck functions where the diners may be put off by soup that is (1) cold, (2) made out of fruit, and (3) sometimes spicy enough to generate hallucinations of Carlos Castaneda.

If you try it, let me know.


Babs said...

I'm going to try it I'm ready for some hallucinations! Will let you know.........

Islagringo said...

OMG does this sound good! I am going to try it when L gets back from his latest trip sometime next week. Won't the guys be surprised when this non-cook serves them a cold spicy soup!

Steve Cotton said...

I can almost guarantee that this will be a favorite soup for both of you. It has plenty of possiblities and variations. One suggestion: you might want to experiment with the jalapeño by adding a bit at a time. But add enough to give it the zing it needs to balance the fruit.

I am interested in hearing results.