Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tortilla Soup

I saw this recipe on Confections of a Foodie Bride's blog. Easy though time consuming, and so so good. Next time I make it I will double it to freeze.

Texas Tortilla Soup

4 plum tomatoes

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 red bell pepper, diced (about 1/2 cup)

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

3 cups chicken stock

1 dried ancho chile pepper

1/2 (15-ounce) can peeled tomatoes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cayenne, for heat (optional)

2 cooked, shredded chicken breasts

4 oz corn, fresh or frozen (thawed) (used about 8 oz)

For garnish:

1 Avocado, peeled and sliced

Tortilla chips or strips (omitted)

1 plum tomatoes, diced

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (used cheddar)

Sour cream (omitted)

To make the soup:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the plum tomatoes in half. Spread 1 Tbsp of the olive oil on a baking sheet or pizza pan and arrange the tomatoes on top, skin side up. Drizzle the tomatoes with another 1 Tbsp of the olive oil. Roast the tomatos for 35 minutes, until the skins wrinkle and the tomatoes are slightly brown around the edges.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a heavy-bottomed, 4-qt soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper and sauté about 5 minutes, until the vegetables become soft. Stir in the chili powder and cumin and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, 1 cup water, and ancho chile. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover, decrease the heat and simmer about 15 minutes, until the ancho chile softens.

Remove the chile from the soup and pull off and discard the stem. Cut the chile in half and discard the seeds, if desired. (Leaving the seeds in makes for a spicier soup, I left them out but the soup wasnt spicy at all, next time I will leave them in) Place the softened chile, the canned tomatoes with their juices and the roasted tomatoes (included as much as possible of the juices and browned tomato bits) in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Puree the chile-tomato mixture about 1 minute. Transfer the chile-tomato mixture to the soup and continue simmering, covered, about 1 hour.

Add salt and pepper to taste and ground red pepper (if using) along with the cooked chicken. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels from the cobs, add the corn to the soup and simmer for 5 minutes. If using frozen corn, add it to the soup and gently heat until corn is hot.

Ladle the soup into medium bowls. Lean 3 to 4 slices of avocado against the edge of each bowl, partially sticking out of the soup. Arrange the tortilla chips or strips in a similar way. Sprinkle each bowl with a handful of diced tomatoes, some cilantro, and shredded cheese. Top with a spoonful of sour cream. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Adapted from The Pastry Queen, 2004.

1 comment:

MrsPresley said...

i know it won't compare to the pastry queen's recipe, but you can still make a pretty good version of this soup from rachel ray on the foodnetwork site