Avocado soup with bacon & chili rubbed croutons
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Serves: 4 - 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ pound thick cut nitrate free bacon, cut into lardons
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1½ cup cubed stale sour dough bread
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 large Haas avocados, peeled and pit removed - about 2 cups
  • ½ small bunch of cilantro, washed and thick stems removed
  • 1 Tablespoon red onion,roughly chopped
  • 2 limes juiced to yield 2 Tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1- 14 ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • water as needed
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat and add in the cut bacon. Season the bacon with cayenne pepper and chili powder. Stir to combine and cook the bacon until all the fat has rendered out and the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  2. Reserve about 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease and drain out the rest. Return the 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease back to the pan and warm over medium heat. Add in the cubed bread and stir to combine with the remaining ½ teaspoon of chili powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt. Toast the bread by gently moving it around the pan for about 3-4 minutes or until all the sides are golden and crispy. Remove from the heat and cover lightly with foil to keep warm.
  3. Place the peeled avocados into a blender or food processor with the cilantro, onion, lime juice, coconut milk, honey and remaining seasoning. Blend until smooth and creamy about 2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick you can add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is achieved. The soup should resemble melted ice cream in texture.
  4. Garnish the soup with warm bacon and croutons.
  5. The soup is best served fresh but will hold for up to a day in the refrigerator.
Recipe by Geez Louise! at http://www.louisemellor.com/2013/05/10/how-to-make-avocado-soup/