Thursday, 15 October 2009

Recipe: green chile corn soup with dumplings

This is an incredibly quick and easy "all-in-one" soup, with lots of colour and a nice spicy kick! A great way to brighten up those looming winter nights.

1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 green chillies, roasted and diced
1 small tin of sweetcorn, drained
1 medium sized potato, diced
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 pint stock
1/2 pint milk

50g masa harina
125ml hot water
1/2tsp salt

Place all the ingredients (except the milk) into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and leave for 15-20 mins, until the potatoes are cooked.

Using a hand blender, combine until smooth. Add the milk and check the seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Make the dumplings by adding the hot water to the masa harina and form into a dough. If you like a lighter texture to your dumplings, use 25g masa harina, 25g plain flour. Sprinkle over the salt and knead well. Roll the dough into a long sausage (about 2cm in diameter) and cut into bit-size pieces. Drop these into the soup and allow to simmer for 20 mins. The dumplings should come to the surface.

Serve with some grated cheddar cheese over the top and a sprinkle of cayenne or crushed red chillies.

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