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Chilled avocado and watercress soup with shrimp

Chilled avocado and watercress soup with shrimp
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: We recently ate at Jake's Grill in the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore. They served an avocado watercress soup that was outstanding and unique. Could you please find this recipe for us? Mary and Jerry Mihld Redlands Dear ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes | Serves 8
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 bunch cilantro, plus 8 sprigs of cilantro for garnish
  • 3 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth may be substituted)
  • 4 avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound cooked and shelled medium shrimp

Step 1In a blender, puree the watercress, cilantro and broth. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes to steep, then strain, discarding the solids and reserving the liquid.

Step 2Rinse the blender, and puree the avocados, sour cream, yogurt, cumin, coriander and cayenne until smooth.

Step 3Pour the puree into a bowl set over an ice bath and whisk in the reserved watercress liquid, 1 cup at a time. Continue to stir until well-chilled. Season with salt. This makes about 6 1/2 cups of soup.

Step 4Pour the soup into bowls, and divide the shrimp among the bowls. Garnish each with a sprig of cilantro and serve immediately.

Note: Adapted from Jake's Grill in Portland, Ore. The restaurant serves this soup with crayfish instead of shrimp.

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