Sunday, March 22, 2015

Green Chile Soup

For the locals here in coastal California, the green chile soup at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero is a  standard among delights and well worth the drive out there to have some. 

Rumor is that the recipe starts with two large cans of green chilies, and a can of cream of chicken. noodle soup. 

I usually don't cook like that. Try it like this.

10 Anaheim peppers
1 pasilla pepper
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 medium onion
1/2 medium shallot
5 cloves garlic peeled and smashed (in the Martin Yan way)
4 T butter
1/2 cup water
1/2  cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream

Split all the peppers in half and remove the seeds and the pith.  Roast the peppers on a baking sheet in a very hot oven (500 degrees) for 1/2 hour. allow the pepper to cool in a bowl for about a half hour to capture the juices. Peel the peppers and remove the stems.

In a medium saucepan, saute the onions shallot and garlic in the butter.  Add salt and pepper. Once the onions are transparent, add the chilies and the stock, and bring to a boil.   Puree with a hand blender.  Add the cream and the sour cream.  Heat to just simmering. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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