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Chilled Strawberry Soup

by Nick

When I post random polls like last week’s poll, it’s a certainty that the option I have nothing actually planned for will win. It’s cosmic. This trend was continued when “something cold” won. I mean, I know and love lots of cold things. Beer, for example, is cold.

But I didn’t have anything particularly in mind for a cold dish. I was mentioning my little dilemma to Betsy and she said that she saw an interesting recipe for a chilled strawberry soup. Given that it was the hottest weekend of the summer (so far) last weekend, that sounds very delicious to me so I thought I’d give it a go.

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Ingredients

  • Ginger Infused Melon Balls:
  • 1 Cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 of a honeydew melon
  • 1/4 cantaloupe
  • Soup:
  • 3 Cups strawberries, the fresher the better
  • 1/4 cantaloupe
  • 4 ounces vanilla yogurt (or plain yogurt with 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla)
  • 1 Cup milk
  • Pinch of sugar and salt
  • The original recipe calls for sour cream, but I'm not sure I recommend it.  Add it carefully.

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Directions

1) Mix pineapple juice, grated ginger, and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.  Stir and simmer for 5 minutes until it resembles a thin syrup.  Set aside to cool.

2) Ball your honeydew and cantaloupe with a melon baller.  Once your syrup is cool, pour the syrup over the melon and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

3) For the soup, clean fruit and add to a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  Add dairy and continue to pulse.  I recommend tasting as you go.  I added too much sour cream to mine and the final taste was a bit tangy.  Taste and adjust people.

4) Once the soup is done, chill it in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

5) Serve the soup with the melon balls and garnish with fresh chopped basil if you want.

I think this recipe turned out okay. It wasn’t my favorite but I also had built it up in mind to a level that was maybe not attainable with real food.

Making the Syrup

The first part of this recipe really intrigued me and actually made the recipe. You make a quick pineapple/ginger syrup and then soak some melon in that syrup overnight to infuse some flavor. It’s a delicious addition to the soup.

The original recipe used pineapple juice but I thought it might be an improvement to blend up some fresh pineapple and use that!

pineapple sliced

CHOP!

NOTE: I don’t think fresh pineapple really added much to the dish. If you want to try this recipe, just use pineapple juice and save yourself some time!

After that, making the syrup is as simple as combining the grated ginger, pineapple juice, and some sugar in a small pot.

syrup making

Other uses: Cocktails!

Bring this to a boil and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it resembles a thin syrup.

Meanwhile, get out your trusty melon baller and get to work!

melon balling

Scrape a spoon in there to get the bonus bits.

I used half of a honeydew and a quarter of a cantaloupe. Once you get out as many balls as possible, don’t forget to scrape the melon with a spoon to get all the leftovers! That’s a great snack!

Once your syrup is done, let it cool for a few minutes and then pour it over your melon. Refrigerate this for at least 4 hours, but it’s best overnight.

In syrup

These were actually delicious.

The Soup Part

This was the part of the recipe that I think could be improved. I think if I were making it again, I’d leave out the sour cream and maybe substitute a few Tablespoons of heavy cream or just use yogurt and milk. The sour cream gave the soup a really tangy flavor that overpowered the strawberries.

strawberries

Finally… strawberries.

Making the soup is pretty straightforward though. Just clean your strawberries and add them to your processor or blender of choice!

I absolutely love my new food processor.

strawberries ready

Ready to blend!

Give it a few pulses and then add the other quarter of your cantaloupe. The cantaloupe works well with the strawberries, but if you want a really intense strawberry flavor, you could leave it out I think.

More melon

Seemed a bit unnecessary…

Process that all together some more until it’s a liquid and then add in all your dairy products. Again, I think this is where the recipe could be improved.

I did a bad job of tasting as I went here and just threw in all the dairy that the recipe called for only to be disappointed with the final flavor.

So, I relearned a lesson that I already knew: TASTE AS YOU GO PEOPLE.

soup finished

A bit bitter…

Anyway… So once this soup is done, it also needs to chill for at least a few hours, but the original recipe says to chill it overnight!

Then garnish it with some of the infused melon and, if you have some, some chopped basil! The basil is very optional and not in the original recipe.

Soup again

Maybe not worth the work…

So to be completely honest, I didn’t love this soup as much as I thought I would. It’s not that it tasted bad, it’s just that the flavors were really complicated, maybe too complicated. When I think of strawberry soup, I want something simple that tastes of strawberries, but this was a mix of a ton of different flavors.

I think the main problem I had with this recipe though was that I didn’t really taste it as I went (I should know better I know). So if you’re adventurous enough to try this, taste as you go and let me know what you change!

Meanwhile, I’m going to try to work on a strawberry soup recipe that’s simple and really delicious. If you have any strawberry soup tips/recommendations, leave a comment!

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12 comments on “Chilled Strawberry Soup

  1. Heh, I voted 'something cold,' just because it sounded like a challenge. I'm glad you tried the strawberry soup instead of the more obvious gazpacho. And while I think strawberry soup sounds disgusting, it's very beautiful! And it's too bad your soup was so much work for not so great an end result.

  2. I would have had a problem with this recipe to begin with, don;t get me wrong, but strawberries and melon do not mix. I have read that there IS a correct combination when it comes to fruits. So melons are more on the tropical side, but should be combined in its own group: watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, etc.

    Then you have berries. Berries combine with other berries and stone fruits too. I think also the dairy part could have killed the whole flavor. Maybe next time you can do a fruit juice base, like juicing fruits and then combining your fruits. Like an apple juice based to strawberries so at least you have more of the berry flavor.

    I am a MAJOR taste as I go and I document everything so I won't forget. Your picture looks nice though.

  3. Hey there – I just discovered your blog, and I'm so glad I did. It seems like we have a similar approach to food & cooking. I am all about trying to cook healthy, natural foods, but not at the expense of taste! I'm bummed this recipe wasn't as good as it looks. I live in AZ where it's going to be 110 degrees for the foreseeable future, so a chilled soup would be fantastic.

    I look forward to poking around your blog more, and also checking out the other blogs you've listed on your site. I am currently running a contest on my blog which is encouraging people to promote their favorite food blogs. Feel free to stop by if you want to promote yours or your friends' (and possibly win a great cookbook).

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  5. Well, I'll point to my Strawberry & Wonton Wrapper Foodie Fights entry. I used less dairy, but it was very thick dairy (the yogurt was, like, ridiculous, and of course, heavy cream is heavy). The flavour of the yogurt and heavy cream was a bit more mellow, I think, than vanilla yogurt, milk, and sour cream, and it created a very nice thick consistency to the soup. (I like thick soup–especially stew. But I think strawberry stew would be a bit… Odd.) Also, I used some lime juice, ginger, and cinnamon, which really nicely deepened (that's the only word I can think of to describe the levels of masticatory deliciousness added by those ingredients) the flavour of the strawberry soup. The fried wonton crisps with ginger syrup were amazing, and you went the ginger-syrup route, too. (Problem with melon is that I'm deathly allergic to it, however!) Although I'm not sure about "tropical with tropical" or what "tropical" actually means in terms of fruit nowadays, melon is truly tricky to pair with other fruits. Something very acidic would seem a good match, eh? Pineapple, citrus, things of that nature. Peach and strawberry would have gone super-awesome together, and I can easily see the ginger/pineapple syrup as a good coating on peach slices (maybe BAKED peach slices??!).

  6. Instead of cantaloupe, what about cucumbers in this soup? I make cucumber and strawberry smoothies like 3 days a week and in those the cucumber is present, but it takes a back seat to the strawberry taste. I know cucumbers and all the melons are related, but they have a less in-your-face taste. I love cold fruit soups though, and garnishing with basil is sooooo proper.

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