23 May 2012

Mexican Corn Soup

I've become slightly addicted to Pinterest! It is perhaps slowing down my actual blogging (and my actual life) but I have so many ideas floating around my head!

One of the many recipes I have pinned waiting to try was this Mexican Corn Soup from the Vanilla Bean Blog. The picture in the Pin had gorgeous subdued autumnal colours - I was a bit surprised when mine had an incredibly bright vibrant summertime yellow. (Perhaps different corn? We don't seem to have the varieties I saw in the US here in Australia.) In any case it was still a beautiful colour.
My next surprise was how quick and easy it was to make - the cooking time is a fraction of many soups. (So on an evening with a dentist appointment, a long wait at the doctor for a sick child, some last minute shopping for school cooking tomorrow and some homework I still managed to get this on the table by 7pm.) 

The final surprise was how delicious it was and that the whole family felt the same!
This one will definitely be made again.

Mexican Corn Soup - served 4 (just)

4 1/2 cups corn kernels (This was 8 fairly small cobs of corn)
1 cup vegetable stock
60g (4 Tb) butter 
1/2 cup cream
1 1/2 cups milk 
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove of garlic, minced or pressed
1 large green chili, seeds removed, finely sliced
a dash of Tabasco sauce
1 cup tasty cheese, grated
salt and pepper, to taste 
1 large avocado, diced  
1 lime
few sprigs of coriander (cilantro) Optional

In a blender or food processor, puree 3 1/2 cups corn and the stock, thoroughly, until smooth. 
Melt the butter in a stockpot. Add the corn puree and simmer over low heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Stir in the milk, cumin, and garlic. 
Heat to boiling, reduce heat and stir in green chili and Tabasco sauce. 
Add shredded cheese and remaining 1 cup of corn to the simmering soup, and stir until the cheese melts. 
Add salt and pepper to taste. 
Top soup with avocado which has been tossed in the lime juice and some coriander leaves (cilantro). 
Serve with Tortillas.


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