Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cream of Mango Soup

I am going to start off with....I know this sounds rather weird - Cream of Mango Soup??? Really???
The answer is yes! yes! yes! This is so refreshing and perfect for summer. It involves so little time to put together and pairs nicely with a refreshing salad. I will say that this soup alone does not a meal make. I learn a lot of things by experience and my experience has taught me that if you have just this for lunch, you will be rather hungry by the end of the work day.
Either way, I'm extremely happy that I came across this recipe. I was looking for stuff to put together a picnic style meal for my book club in July and this popped up in my search. Being that it sounded different, I had to test it out before serving it to a group. 

Here is some tips on what I learned:
  1. Pureed fruit with cream may be my go to this summer for light meals or side dishes.
  2. I will be trying variations on this - for book club, I will be adding some fresh ginger to add that something extra. Other variations - fresh herbs such as rosemary or basil.
  3. To save the time of peeling and cutting the mango's, most supermarket offer chopped mango's in their produce area.
  4. Left overs can last up to 4-5 days as long as it is refrigerated.
  5. I also saw a recipe for Mango Gaspatcho which I will probably be trying some time this summer. And yes, this also sounds weird, but it has received great reviews, so it's worth a shot.






Cream of Mango Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 mango's, peeled and chopped into about 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon - zest and juice of entire lemon
  • 2 - 2 1/4 cups half and half

Preparation:

  • Chop mango's and place in blender. Top with sugar. Do this while prepping the lemon to allow sugar to dissolve in the fruit.
  • Zest and juice the lemon. Remember: Rolling the lemon on the counter with the palm of your hand before hand will help get as much juice out of the lemon as possible; also, room temperature lemons will release more juice than chilled ones straight from your fridge.
  • Place lemon zest and juice in blender and pour in half and half. Blend till smooth.
  • Can be served with fresh berries or whipped cream or on it's own.
Happy Blending!!!

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