Cream of Jalapeño Soup
This elegant soup is served at Grady Spears' Reata restaurant in Fort Worth. The Reata, which was on the top floor of the Bank One Tower, was closed after the 37-story building was heavily damaged by a tornado in 2000, and later reopened at its present location in Fort Worth's Sundance Square. The Reata experience is not to be missed if you're anywhere near Fort Worth. The original Reata location is in Alpine, Texas, "nestled in the southern end of the breathtaking Davis Mountains in west Texas," according to the Reata website.
Remove the pan from heat and stir in the avocado, tomatoes and cream. Lower the temperature and return pan to heat, watching and stirring so the cream does not separate. Bring the soup slowly back to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 50 to 60 minutes or until reduced by one-third. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in the chopped cilantro, reserving some for garnish. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with the remaining cilantro.Makes 8 servings.
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
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