This originally began as an episode of cleaning out the refrigerator but what I found ultimately ended up as a soup. I went a bit festive here, the soup has strong Indian and Portuguese influences. I seasoned the soup with fragrant cumin seeds that are a mainstay of many Indian dishes and a little Portuguese chorizo sausage. An avocado and a Thai chili were added to give this tomato soup add a bit of coolness and a bit of heat. If you are vegetarian, skip the sausage or try a vegan chorizo sausage. I've tried a couple of vegan brands of sausage and there are some truly delicious varieties that really do taste no different than regular meat and are sometimes even better. The nutty flavor of the roasted cumin seeds bring the flavors the tomatoes and the garlic together with the other ingredients. I like a hint of cumin with tomatoes, it does something magical to the sweetness and acidity of the tomato. The avocado cream adds a bit of freshness and lightness to the soup.
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roasted tomato soup with avocado cream
3 lbs tomatoes
2 links of chorizo sausage
2 cups water
1 garlic bulb
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 thai chili
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
1 medium sized avocado
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 450F. Slice the tomatoes in half and spread them on a baking sheet. Take the garlic bulb and slice it in half and leave the skin on it. Put the garlic on the baking sheet and then drizzle one teaspoon olive oil and cumin seeds on the tomatoes and garlic. Roast the tomatoes and the garlic in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the garlic from the pod and transfer them along with the tomatoes into a blender. Add the chili, water and blend till completely smooth. In a stockpot, add the rest of the olive oil and heat on a medium flame. Remove the sausage meat from the casing and scramble the meat in the stockpot. Cook the sausage till it browns, then add the tomato puree, the sugar, turmeric, vinegar and bring the contents to boil. Immediately reduce the flame and let the soup reduce to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for another 15 minutes. In the meantime, grind the avocado, 1 teaspoon of the cilantro, lemon juice to a smooth creamy paste. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the avocado cream as a dollop on top of the tomato soup in individual bowls or on the side.
Note: As always you can adjust the consistency of the soup by adding more water and controlling the heat by using less chili and/or discarding the chili seeds.