Avocado Soup With Orange Marmalade Chutney

Published On: May 01 2012 12:27:10 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 10 2010 04:44:06 AM CDT

Makes 4 cups -- 4 to 6 servings

This blend of ingredients is an example of combining many flavor elements, including sweet, salty, acidic, and hot. The soup is delicious on its own, but with the topping it's decidedly memorable. Serve in small portions as a first course rather than as a main course.

For the soup

2 ripe avocados

1 cup vegetable stock, or more as needed

1 cup fresh orange juice

½ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves

¼ cup finely chopped red onion

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

Pinch of red pepper flakes, or to taste

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the chutney

3 tablespoons orange marmalade

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon minced red onion

1 clove garlic, minced

? teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

? teaspoon salt, or to taste

Purée all the soup ingredients in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate in a covered container until chilled, at least 3 hours, before serving. Thin with more vegetable stock as desired. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Meanwhile, stir together all the chutney ingredients in a small bowl; taste and adjust the seasoning. Cover and refrigerate.

Drizzle each serving with about 1 tablespoon of the chutney mixture.

Advance preparation

Refrigerate this soup and the chutney in separate covered containers for up to 2 days. Before serving, stir in vegetable stock or water to thin as desired.