Okay, sorry I didn’t actually post this on the day of the episode, but here are the scores for this week are:
Again, I should be feel something (other than pure glee) about the fact I am in first place by two points, but I don’t :). Because I am a WINNER!!! And so is my Voltaggio brother. He’s a culinary tour de force and knows bacon. (Though in the league upon which I have free lunch riding, I have Jennifer and so I am secretly hoping she wins. What I can? I like free food more than I like bragging rights.)
With that being said, as part of this whole Top Chef thing, I wanted to highlight a dish I found interesting on last night’s episode. This week I thought I would try my hand at making Robin’s attempt at continued culinary life:
Avocado Soup with Crab
I don’t know what it is, but I have really been digging on the avocados recently and when I saw this, I knew I pretty much had to make it.
Making Avocado Soup with Crab
Now, until last night’s episode, I had no clue such a thing as “avocado soup” existed so I went searching and found this recipe from CDKitchen.com. I am going to use this recipe as the basis of the soup, leaving it mostly unchanged (though I am quadrupling it). Then we’ll talk about adding the crab and the other garnish that Robin used.
You will need:
- 4 avocados
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons salt and black pepper plus more to taste
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1 pound lump crab meat
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- Drizzle of meyer lemon olive oil*
* Use extra virgin olive oil or an herb flavored olive oil if you can’t find meyer lemon oil.
Cut the avocados into 1 inch chunks and toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice.
Add the salt and pepper and mash with a fork until you have the consistency of chunky guacamole. Put the avocado into a soup pot over low heat. Slowly add the broth, then add about 12 ounches of the crab.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Then add the cream and bring to a boil. Once the soup is thick, portion into bowls and serve with the rest of the crab and a drizzle of olive oil.
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