Cucumber Soup

Randy Mayor
This fresh first-course cucumber soup features the addition of avocado, which lends the soup a creamy touch as well as gorgeous color.

Yield:

6 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 167
Caloriesfromfat 32 %
Fat 6 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 3.2 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 3.8 g
Carbohydrate 27.3 g
Fiber 5.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 312 mg
Calcium 79 mg

Ingredients

11 large cucumbers (about 8 pounds), divided
1/4 cup honey, divided
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cracked black pepper (optional)
Dill sprigs (optional)

Preparation

Cut 5 cucumbers into 3-inch chunks. Place half of cucumber chunks and 2 tablespoons honey in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Pour pureed cucumber mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl. Repeat procedure with the remaining chunks. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

Peel, seed, and thinly slice remaining 6 cucumbers; place slices in a bowl. Add vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons honey; toss well to coat. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Working with pureed cucumber mixture in sieve, press mixture lightly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to squeeze out juice; discard solids.

Place half of marinated cucumber slices, avocado, and 1 3/4 cups cucumber juice in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Pour cucumber mixture into a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining cucumber slices and 1 3/4 cups cucumber juice; reserve any remaining juice for another use. Stir in chopped dill, salt, and pepper. Place 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 6 bowls. Garnish with cracked black pepper and dill sprigs, if desired.

Wine note: Green, vegetal flavors, like those found in this soup, call for sauvignon blanc's distinctive, herbaceous character. The wine's grassy, citrus qualities bring out the soup's fresh, crisp flavors. A good value from California is Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc ($13.50). -Jeffery Lindenmuth

Note:

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Dan Barber,

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York,

August 2006