Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Baja California Coconut and Garlic Sopa by Michael Cohen Los Angeles CA

Baja California Cocunt and Garlic Sopa by Michael Cohen Los Angeles CA
2009 Gilroy Garlic Festival Finalist

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion sliced
20 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, stem removed, seeded, and sliced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
6 cups low sodiu, chicken stock
2 (14 ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk
2 chipotle peppers (packed in adobo sauce) minced
1 (15 ounce) can red pinto beans, drained
8 ounced boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2 inch long strips
8 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo removed from casing
8 ounces shrimp peeled, deveined and choppped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
A few dashes Mexican Hot Sauce HINT The Garlic Shoppe has over 200 choices of hot sauces from mild to wild try the PSYCHO
Freshly ground black pepper
2/2 cup sweetened shredd cocnut toasted
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leabes chopped
Avocado slices for garnish The Garlic Shoppe sells the Avocado slicer $9.98
Lime slices for garnish
Method of Preparation
In a large stockpot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 10 cloves garlic, red peppers, and cumin and cook for 2 minutes
Add chicken stock, coconut milk, and chipotle peppers plis 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce by half. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add pinto beans
Meanwhile in a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add chorizo and 6 cloves garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add chicken and chorizo mixture, shrimp , lime juice, and hot sauce to the soup. Cook until the shrimp are cooked about 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining 4 cloves garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Also feel free to add more of any other ingredients you feel the soup needs ( e.g. cumin, hot sauce, lime juice)
Serve immediately in large bowls. Make a pile of shredded coconut on top of each serving of soup. Garnish with cilantro, avocado slices and lime slices.

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