Tuesday, June 26, 2012

5 Star Makeover: Chilled Aguacate Soup with Shrimp & Pancetta




Back this month with our new 5 Star Makeover challenge.  This month we were tasked with creating a sexy chilled soup, perfect for this scorching weather here in Miami.


The star of our soup is these babies, Florida Aguacate or Avocado for the English speaking folk.



Unless you've lived in Miami, you have no idea how popular these things become in the early spring/summer.  Everyone and their grandmother has one of these trees in the backyard.  So naturally...they gotta off-load them.  Cool at first but too much of a good thing is well a bad thing.  My kitchen is stocked, so they went in the pool.


LAWYER - "Hey make an avocado soup with watermelon."

LAZ - "Sounds disgusting."

LAWYER - "No would be good."  scours through the google machine "look someone made something like that once."

LAZ - "Umm, alright but I have some shrimp in the fridge that I gotta use."

LAWYER - "Add them too."

LAZ - "This is starting to sounds like a monster mash-up of something diabolical."

LAWYER - "Well Mr. Chef...figure it out."

So, I decided to make a "sweet & sour" pillar for my avocado soup consisting of...

  • Diced watermelon at the base
  • A thin layer of cream cheese
  • Sweet Key West shrimp
  • A thin layer of guava jelly
  • Crispy pancetta
  • Fresh mint chiffonade




The cream cheese and guava jelly is an homage to a Cuban puffed pastry I've eaten all my life.  The combo works, trust me.

All in all, it was a fun, refreshing, tasty concoction that I was happy to collaborate and enjoy with my favorite person in the world.





Finish the presentation with a light drizzle of walnut oil.

By the way, the red film you see on the right edge of the last photo is the watermelon juice starting to leech out into the soup.

I could have re-shot it but...who gives a fuck!  We had to eat.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


28 comments:

  1. Well it sounds like you not only figured it out put banged the heck out of it. I had to read through the list of ingredients twice. Masterful. The wheels of my my imagination are in overload. Mint, pancetta, guava jelly? Yeah, that's how you pull shrimp, watermelon and avocado together.

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  2. I love the look and sound of this! What an awesome creation :)

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  3. Looks amazing! One question, from someone who has never been in Miami: what is guava jelly?
    Thanks!

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    1. It is a jelly made from guava that I buy here locally in Miami. Just like a strawberry or grape jelly.

      But much different from the guayaba paste.

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  4. I think you'll enjoy my initial response when I looked at the ingredient list. It was ... WTF?! I had to wait and come back a second time before I could comment.

    I loved the dialogue between the two of you and was really getting the soup-building process. What threw me was the cc and jelly, but I trust you -- so I know it worked.

    Once again, you accomplished SHOCK and AWE.

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    1. Your reaction was the same as mine. But ultimately the flavor pulled through.

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  5. Yes you do shock and awe people with your creations. What got me was the guava jelly...a mi me gusta...so this soup has to be good...

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  6. Gorgeous soup and sweet post, Laz! I used what I had on hand too...sometimes you just have to do it, lol!

    (And that Cuban pastry sounds killer!)

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  7. Laz - when I saw your photo, I thought our soups were similar, but now I see the ingredient list, they are twins from different coasts. Avocado, watermelon, shellfish, cheese, mint. And I had watermelon juice seep out from under the ring mold before I poured the soup too (used a paper towel to blot). Scary.
    LL

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  8. oh wow, such a list of ingredients ;) stellar soup, though, i want to dig right in! and that pastry, sounds lovely too!

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  9. I love the banter going on between you and the lawyer. the soup looks awesome!

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  10. Too funny the 'conversation' And what a creation, really out there but I would eat it up.

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  11. So fun - loving the "sweet & sour" pillar! A fabulous summer soup!

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  12. You have the world's best attitude about food. I often despair that I have to reheat to eat since I take pics in the afternoon. The photo gets the food at it's best and I get microwave re-heats. Oh well, suffering for my art.

    Your soup is fun and looks delish. Love shrimp and watermelon combo. We get the crinkly avocados up here and they are everywhere too. But what's the problem with that. I love them and they make your skin glow. Avocado sandwiches with watercress are my favorite lunch!

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  13. love this post! that sounds like one fantastic soup!

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  14. Two minds think like ten and this soup proves that. Excellent.

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  15. Pretty fantastic combination you have going with this one! Shrimp avocado and pancetta have my vote any day---and so pretty too!

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  16. Lazaro, you are so funny. Love your closing comment about the photo. Say it like you mean it! lol The soup sounds like an interesting mix of good flavors I'd like to try. It looks very pretty, too.

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  17. I have totally had guava and cream cheese empanadas before so I can also attest to the flavor combination you are speaking of. I love how this soup just came together naturally. That's really the best way to cook :)

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  18. Now this is a delightful mélange of flavors if there ever was one! Hard to manage, but I have no doubt it was pulled off in a delicious manor! Love the play with you two here as well...fun stuff and exceptional contribution to the challenge!
    Hope you and family have had a great weekend and enjoying the summer :)

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  19. What a team all round - the food combo and sharing with your soul mate. Great work as ever, Laz! Always in awe of what you do. And as for your closing lines, there are still tears in my eyes from laughter. It's always refreshing to come to your place here and read how you're human.

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  20. haha always delightful to read the lawyer and your conversation. What a great shrimp pillar in the middle of the soup. Guava jelly? oh man that sounds fun to eat!

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  21. Very creative Laz. I'm with you, sometimes we spend so much time photographing our creations that they end up losing their beauty. At that point you're starving and who cares, it's time to eat. If the pics aren't good by then they never will be.

    Fun theme. Looking forward to The July theme.

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  22. For those who have tasted this recipe, does it really taste good? I mean avocados and watermelons just don't blend in my opinion.

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  24. Well it took me long enough to stop by and tell you that avocado is one of my favorite things on earth and I love your soup. I have been admiring it from afar if that helps. ; ) Also, this is why I love you: "I could have re-shot it but...who gives a fuck! " ha!!

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  25. I grew up in Miami. My parents had citrus, avocado and mango trees. If only I appreciated then what I do now.

    Your soup rocks. Fresh with simple ingredients is the best way.

    Velva

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