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Cold Cucumber and Yogurt Soup with
Oysters and Caviar
with Charlie Trotter
by Charlie Trotter, 1999, Ten Speed Press
dish is especially refreshing on a warm summer day. It goes together
quickly because there is no cooking involved.; the cucumbers, yogurt,
little lemon juice are simply blended together. Shrimp or salmon can
be added for a more lavish presentation or to provide more substance. For
a wonderful vegetarian first course, omit the oysters and add a couple of
2 English cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1 small yellow tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup Hot and Sour Cucumbers (recipe follows)
16 small oysters, shucked
5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon caviar
2 tablespoons radish sprouts [other sprouts could
2 teaspoons dill sprigs
4 teaspoons Dill Oil (recipe follows)
Method – To prepare the soup: Purée the cucumbers,
lemon juice until smooth and season to taste with salt and
Refrigerate until ready to use.
To prepare the tomato: Toss the diced tomato with the olive
season to taste with salt and pepper.
Assembly – Stir the soup and ladle into 4 shallow
bowls. Place some
of the diced tomato in the center of each bowl and arrange
the Hot and Sour Cucumbers at 4 points around the tomatoes. Place
an oyster on each mound of cucumbers and top each oyster with 1
teaspoon of the
caviar. Sprinkle a few of the radish sprouts around
the bowls. Sprinkle the
dill sprigs on the soup and drizzle the Dill Oil
around the bowls. Top with
freshly ground black pepper.
– This refreshing soup requires an equally refreshing wine.
The key to
finding the right wine for this dish is marching the oysters and
the crisp acidity and mineral flavors of a Chablis are perfect.
Moreau Chablis “Vaillons” or a Sancerre by Lucien Crochet
would do the
Hot and Sour Cucumbers
Yield: about 3
cucumbers hold in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For
add a minced habanero chile pepper."
2 cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise
1 1/2 bay leaves
1 1/2 cups rice wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 jalapeño, chopped
6 ounces thinly sliced red onion
3 ounces thinly sliced fennel
1/2 tablespoon crushed pink peppercorns
Method – Scrape the seeds from the cucumbers, discard
and thinly slice the cucumber. Place the bay leaves, vinegar,
jalapeño in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and cool.
Combine the cucumbers, onion, fennel, peppercorns, and cooled
mixture and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Yield: 1 cup
2 cups fresh dill
1 1/2 cups canola oil
1/2 cup olive oil
Method – Blanch the dill in boiling salted water for
Immediately shock in ice water and drain. Squeeze out the excess
water. Puree with the canola and olive oils for 3 to 4 minutes, or until
bright green. Pour into a container, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
Strain the oil through a fine sieve and discard the solids.
for an additional 24 hours and decant. Refrigerate until needed.
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