by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Friday, July 13, 2012
Emerald Corn Soup
Yes. That would be summer in a bowl.
There are the obvious cold soups like gazpacho and vichyssoise. But there are also thin, brothy soups (my favorite kind) that can make a satisfying meal without seeming heavy. Especially if they pack a flavor punch and have goodies floating in the broth. Oh yes. And there are also soups with a bit of body that are perfectly satisfying and suitable to the heat. They might be loaded with fresh seafood. Or, like this one, they might thoroughly embrace the glorious vegetables of summer. Plus, this isn't a labor-over-a-hot-stove kind of soup.
Am I convincing anyone? Go ahead all ye soup-in-the-summer naysayers. Give it a go.
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Emerald Corn Soup
by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: simmer soup/stew vegetarian nut-free corn chiles tomatillos Mexican
Ingredients (serves 4-6 (~6 cups))
- 14 oz. tomatillos, husked & rinsed
- 1 (~1 oz.) jalapeño or serrano, stemmed
- 1 small onion, peel & sliced into thick strips
- 3 fat garlic cloves, unpeeled
- water, as needed
- 1 tsp. salt
- palmful of cilantro, chopped
- 1 small onion, rough chop
- 1 large poblano, stemmed, seeded, rough chop
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 c. (from 3 ears corn) fresh corn kernels
- 2 c. roasted tomatillo salsa (see above)
- 2½ c. chicken stock or broth
- 2 Tbs. masa harina
- ¼ c. cold water
- salt, as needed
- cilantro, chopped
- corn tortillas, very thinly sliced & fried until crispy
Instructionsmake the salsa (yield: 2 c.):
Heat a comal or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatillos, jalapeño, onion, and garlic. Toast them, turning occasionally, until they are soft and have splotchy black spots on them. Garlic and onion may get done first, simply remove them from the comal and continue cooking tomatillos and chile until done. Peel the garlic cloves and place them into the jar of a blender along with the other charred veggies. Blend until you have a smooth puree. You should about 2 cups; if you have less, add water to make 2 cups. Season with salt and stir in cilantro. Reserve salsa.
making the soup:
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and poblano and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are tender, ~5 minutes. Scrape them into a blender jar. Add half of the corn and all of the reserved salsa. Blend to a smooth puree. Set a medium-mesh strainer over the soup pot and pour the mixture through.
Add the chicken stock to the blender jar and pulse a couple of times to get all of the flavor and goodness left behind. Pour this through the strainer, as well. Press down to get all of the liquid out. Discard solids.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
Combine masa harina and cold water in a small bowl, stirring until the masa harina is dissolved. Stir into the simmering soup. Allow to cook for another 5 minutes to thicken up a bit (to the consistency of a cream soup). Taste and adjust seasoning. Stir in remaining corn and cook for another minute.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with some chopped cilantro. I also think that thinly sliced and fried tortilla strips would make the perfect garnish.
inspired by and adapted from Salsas That Cook
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Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.