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Recipes on August 19, 2013 by

Meatless Mondays: Strawberry, Jalepeño and Chia Seed Soup

I’m not sure we could find a dish that is more suited to a hot summer day than this beautiful chilled strawberry soup from Gregory Gourdet of Departure. Chef Gourdet served this at our Grains of Discovery Launch Party last June. Personally, I was hesitant for several reasons, the main reason being that I was hesitant about something called strawberry soup and wasn’t sure if I liked chilled soup or not. However, being in a room full of amazingly creative chefs, you kind of have to try the dishes. It was absolutely incredible. This was sweet, not terribly spicy and the coolness was perfect for the sweltering New York heat that evening. You can use this dish many ways, too. You could serve it as an appetizer, as a respite between courses (in the usual soup spot), as a main dish or even as a dessert. Be adventurous and give it a whirl, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Chilled Strawberry Jalepeno Soup
Chilled Strawberry, Jalapeño and Chia Seed Soup, Coconut Sorbet, Lemongrass, Mint
For the Lemon Grass Syrup:
  • 6 oz Lemon Grass
  • 9 oz Sugar
  • 9 oz Water
Wash and rough chop lemongrass. Combine with sugar and water. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. When sugar has dissolved, remove from stove, cover and steep for 30 minutes. Puree and strain. Reserve.
For the Strawberry Soup:
  • 1.5# Strawberries, de-stemmed, washed, pureed and strained
  • 14 oz Lemongrass Syrup
  • 12 oz Coconut Water, with pulp, (julienne pulp and reserve)
  • ½ small Red Jalapeño
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
Combine all except for coconut meat in blender, puree and stain. Chill until very cold.
To Serve:
  • 4 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds, bloomed in 2 cups water for 30 minutes
  • 8 oz Strawberries, cleaned, diced
  • Reserved, julienne Coconut Meat
  • Coconut Sorbet
  • 6 large Mint Leaves, torn
  • 1 Lime, zest
Mix 32 oz of soup with 4 Tbsp of chia seed mixture. Stir to mix well. Divide soup into 4 cold bowls. Place 3 small scoops of coconut sorbet in the bowls and garnish with diced strawberries, coconut meat, lime zest and mint leaves. Enjoy!

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