This unique, full flavored soup is another winning recipe from Susana Trilling's Seasons of My Heart. Her Oaxacan recipes use humble and simple ingredients, yet create incredibly complex and refined dishes. The roasted poblanos add some heat to this soup, but also a gorgeous smokiness to every bite. Requesón, a delicate fresh cheese, calms the spiciness. A good ricotta can stand in for the requesón.
For an extra little flourish, stuff some of the fresh crema into a little plastic baggie, cut off the very tip, then drizzle the soup with it in whatever design you'd like. It doesn't actually improve the taste of the soup, but then again, the soup doesn't need any help in that department. It's luscious and delicately spiced thanks to the epazote, which is an herb you can find in most Mexican grocery stores.
- 4 poblano chiles
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium white onion, thickly sliced
- 1/4 head garlic, cloves separated and skins removed
- salt and black pepper
- 2 sprigs epazote
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 ounce requesón or ricotta
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh crema
- 2 corn tortillas
- canola oil
Place the poblanos over an open flame, turning often, until blackened on all sides. Transfer to a plastic bag and let steam for 15 minutes. Then peel the skin off, remove the stems and seeds, and cut into thin strips.
Add the butter to a large pot set over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are transparent. Then add the garlic and cook for 5 more minutes, being careful not to brown the garlic. Toss in the sliced poblanos and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper, the epazote, and the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer, and then reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.
Puree the mixture in a blender. Return to the pot and pour in the milk. Heat gently. Then remove a 1/2 cup and mix it with the requesón in a small bowl. Add this back to the soup. Taste for salt.
Slice the tortillas into 1/2 inch thick strips. Pour a little canola oil into a skillet set over medium-high heat. Add a few of the tortilla strips and cook for a few seconds on each side until crisp. Drain on a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining strips.
Serve the soup with few few corn strips and some crema drizzled on top.