Jalapeno Bisque

We had an issue with hot peppers this year, and by “issue” I mean Rich grew habaneros & I evacuated the house while making hot sauce, burned my skin a few times, and also was overwhelmed with the amount of spice and had no idea what to even do with them anymore. Luckily, we did have some Jalapenos as well (from our Co-Op, although next year jalapenos are all we plan to grow in the hot-pepper-department). And with those Jalapeno Peppers I knew that this Jalapeno Bisque would be a big hit at home.

These photos actually represent take #2 of this soup because the first one I made for Rich one evening when he was out at school late and he ended up just bringing the whole container to work. He said that first version was almost too spicy to have a whole bowl of. This version was a lot more mild (I just used all sorts of green peppers). I think somewhere between the two would be perfect, so that is what I am posting.

Make sure to allow your peppers to get chopped enough in the food processor and use canned tomatoes that are finely chopped, not just chopped/diced. Besides that – feel free to play with the flavor/spice profile depending on what you and your loved ones like. Goes great with a big salad or as a starter soup or quesadillas or for lunch! And as I finish writing this post with the snow falling at the end of October I know that this soup would do wonders to warm us up!

JALAPEÑO BISQUE

1 T olive oil
6 to 8 jalapeños, chopped
1 cup chopped [red] onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups milk
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1 can diced tomato (the medium sized can)
1 bunch cilantro, stemmed and chopped
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper

Throw your jalapenoes, onion, and garlic in a small food processor and get a fine chop/dice. Then in a medium pot/pan, heat the oil over medium heat and add the jalapeños, onions, & garlic until the vegetables are almost soft. Add the milk to the jalapeño mixture. Stir in the remaining ingredients and gently heat to blend flavors. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with additional cilantro.

And I leave you with this, today’s Question of the Day… what is your go-to warm up dish on a cold days?


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