From now on I think I am going to substitute “K” for every word that traditionally begins with the letter “C”. JUST KIDDING, but I digress.
After falling head over heels for Dr. Kracker’s Klassic 3 Seed, I have been on the hunt for their Cherry Semolina variety. I love fruit/nut breads and when I found a cracker with those qualities, I knew I had to try it. I finally located the Dr. Kracker Cherry Semolina and wanted to pair it with something cool and creamy. The first thought that came to my mind: avocado. Chilled soups are easy to make and fitting for warm weather. I’ve only ever made gazpacho, but the idea of a chilled avocado and cucumber soup on a warm day (We had 80 degree weather today!! Wasn’t it SNOWING last week?!) sounded extremely appealing. After reading through dozens of recipes, I decided on one I found in Country Living that sounded dynamic with elements that were both cool and spicy.
Into my blender went:
1/4 seedless English Cucumber, chopped
1/2 Hass avocado
1 TBS plain greek yogurt
1 TBS mint leaves
Juice of 1/2 a lime
dash of salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne
1/2 cup cold water
I blended the mixture at a low speed until it was well combined and then let it sit in the fridge for over an hour to throughly chill. I topped my soup with red bell pepper, Roma tomato and feta cheese. The toppings were ESSENTIAL! They gave the smooth puree texture and made the dish exciting. Feta is creamy and slightly salty, which enhanced the avocado. The tomato and red bell pepper segments gave my dish texture, added water and balanced the heat from the cayenne. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the avocado blend as much if I didn’t add these; I would have been bored eating the cool/spicy cream. I really enjoyed the combination and it tasted like a wonderful guacamole soup. I liked the crackers with it and went back for more, but I think next time I’m going to have it with blue corn chips. These crackers would be better with goat cheese or plain hummus.
All around this was easy to make, fun to eat and delicious. I will surely make this again in the warmer months, especially if I am craving a little Fiesta Food :).
Keep Kool Cool,
Do you like cold soups? What is your favorite?