Fantasy Top Chef & Avocado Soup

aboutOkay, sorry I didn’t actually post this on the day of the episode, but here are the scores for this week are:

Me: 11
Michele: 9
Josh: 8
Debbie: 7
Karen: 6
Elise: 6
Colleen: 5

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  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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