Soup365 #92. Strawberry Fields Forever

So supposedly the original recipe for this soup is "just like the one they serve on Carnival Cruise Lines!," which doesn't sound too inspiring, but whatever. It made a good jumping-off spot.

I called this "dessert," but it was really not very sweet as I made it. (Fine with me. They apparently pulled my sweet tooth when they pulled my wisdom teeth.) Adjust the confectioner's sugar to suit your own tastes–though I tasted the soup unsweetened and lightly sweetened, and the wee bit of sugar really seemed to round out the flavors without becoming overwhelming.

The boys and I each had a HUGE bowl of this, and then I saved an even HUGER bowl for Jim, and he had already eaten at work so I ended up having several unladylike spoonless gulps of his portion too.

Chilled Strawberry Soup
Serves four or five or so

1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, unthawed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup half-and-half
1 to 1-1/2 cups milk, preferably whole milk
1 pound frozen strawberries (or a bag of about that weight–it's OK if
your kids each sneak a strawberry or two before you start), unthawed (you could definitely use fresh strawberries, too, in which case you'd need a little more chilling time)
2 Tbsp confectioner's (powdered) sugar, or to taste
For garnish: Fresh mint leaves, stacked three or four at a time, rolled up cigar-style and sliced crosswise into thin ribbons

Combine orange juice, sour cream, half-and-half and milk in a blender; process until very smooth. Add strawberries, about a cup at a time, blending after each addition until sufficiently smooth.

Pour into a bowl (preferably metal); whisk in sugar, a little at a time, tasting after each addition. If you oversweeten, it will probably be sort of yucky.

Cover and chill until serving. The longer you can chill it, the better–probably a couple of hours minimum. Using a metal bowl helps with this part of the process.

Sprinkle chiffonaded mint over each portion before serving.

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About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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