Friday, August 17, 2018

Ajo Blanco (Almond Garlic Soup) #SoupSaturday


Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm kicked off this group: Soup Saturday Swappers. And, this month, Sneha is also hosting. She asked us to share our favorite soups made with almonds. She wrote: "Share a soup that contains almonds in any form. Almond flour, sliced almonds, roasted almonds, crushed almonds, almond milk.as there are so many options out there."

I decided to whip up one of my favorite Spanish soups: Ajo Blanco.

Traditionally it's made with bread, almonds, grapes, and cucumbers. The bread acts as a thickener. This version is made with bread, blanched almonds, almond butter, and green grapes. I skipped the cucumber altogether because I didn't have any. Also, next time, my vampire husband asked to cut the garlic. Nonsense!

But, first, here are the other almond offerings...



Ingredients makes 4 servings
  • 2 C bread, crusts removed and cubed
  • 1-1/2 C vegetable stock
  • 2 C seedless organic green grapes + more for serving
  • 1/4 C almond butter
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar + more for serving
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 C blanched slivered almonds + more for serving
  • 4 t thinly sliced lacinto kale for serving
  • fleur de sel for serving


Procedure
Place all ingredients together in the bowl of a food processor.  Blend until smooth. You can strain if you wish. I didn't. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

To serve, ladle into a shallow bowl and garnish with 1 T kale, a few grape slices, and slivered almonds. Sprinkle with fleur de sel. Drizzle with vinegar.


Next month, we're making soups with potatoes. Do you have a favorite potato soup?

4 comments:

  1. This is interesting. Same flavor profile (minus the grapes) as mine but served cold. I'll bet it was good.

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  2. Grapes and garlic are an intriguing combination. I see that you either retrieved the pictures from your computer or enjoyed this soup twice! Looks good.

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  3. Sounds delicious! I'd keep the garlic too!

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  4. I haven't had this soup before but it sounds delicious!

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