Oh, they're fine for a few bites. But I always think that with just a few tweaks, even the best of them would be better as something else. Fruity chilled soup? That would make a lovely smoothie. Gazpacho? Great as a Bloody Mary base. Cold vegetable soup? Just right for a dip or sauce.
But they don't call these things challenges for nothing, and so I put on my thinking cap and decided to make something using the hot and tart flavors I have been obsessed with lately. I came up with this 'three pepper soup," a blend of roasted jalapeno, Poblano, and sweet green peppers with yogurt, garlic, cilantro, and lots of fresh lime juice. Poppa Trix, who does not share my feelings about cold soups, declared it a success. I had mine in a tall shot glasses, just the right serving size for me. That said, cold soup lovers could certainly not go wrong with a small bowl of the stuff:
Chilled Three Pepper Soup
1 large Poblano pepper
1 large sweet green pepper
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 cup Greek yogurt (or more, to taste)
large handful of fresh cilantro
juice of one lime
2-3 corn tortillas, cut into strips
oil for frying
salt, to taste
Roast the peppers until charred over the flame of a gas burner or under the broiler. When cool, remove the skins, leaving a bit of skin for flavor. Remove seeds and veins, and chop coarsely. Place, along with the garlic, in a saucepan and just cover with water (about one cup). Simmer until tender. Cool and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Take roughly 1/2 - 3/4 cup of peppers (make sure to have a blend of all 3 types), 1/3 cup the broth (or more, depending onhow spicy you want your soup), along with the yogurt, cilantro, and lime juice, and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Add salt to taste. Add more yogurt if needed for thickness. Refrigerate. Meanwhile, fry the tortilla strips in 1/2 inch oil until golden and drain on paper towels. Serve soup garnished with the tortilla strips.
I may be a chilled soup curmudgeon, but I did love the flavors in this, and the tortilla strips gave the creamy tart soup a nice crunch. I just think it would be better as a dip.
Make sure to check out the round up on Friday over at Five Star Foodie. I suspect that the fabulous creations will change even my mind about chilled soups! Until then, stay cool.