Plantain and Coconut Soup with Shrimp, Tomato and Avocado Salad

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
40 min
1 hr

2 quarts, 8 servings

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup small diced salt pork
  • 1 cup small diced onion
  • 1/2 cup small diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup small diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 pounds yellow plantains with slightly green tips and some black spots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced avocado
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Set a Dutch oven over medium heat and add the olive oil to the pan. Place the salt pork in the pan and render until crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until the vegetables are tender and the onions are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of the garlic and the curry powder and saute until fragrant, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the plantains and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the plantains are soft, about 45 minutes. Add the coconut milk, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper, and using an immersion blender, or in batches in a bar blender, puree the soup until smooth. Stir in the lime juice and keep warm until ready to serve.

  • Heat a 10-inch saute pan and, when hot add the butter. When the butter has melted add the remaining 2 teaspoons of garlic. Season the shrimp with the Essence and add them to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp turn pink, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, avocado and cilantro to the pan and season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Remove from the heat.

  • Serve the soup by placing 1 cup into each of 8 bowls. Garnish each bowl with 2 tablespoons of the shrimp and avocado mixture. Add 2 tablespoons of sour cream on top of the shrimp and a sprig of cilantro for the final garnish.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

  • Yield: 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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