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A Bowl of Chiles

March 28, 2001|DONNA DEANE | TEST KITCHEN DIRECTOR

Long green chiles, also known as California green chiles, are available in markets year-round. Roast them to bring out the full flavor, then cook them with cubed potatoes to make this soup.

When the soup is pureed, the potatoes will thicken the soup to a nice creamy consistency without the need for a rich buttery roux.

Because the soup contains no butter or fat, you can afford to saute the almond and pumpkin seed garnish in a bit of butter for added flavor.

Green Chile Soup

Active Work Time: 45 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 65 minutes plus 15 minutes standing

8 long green chiles

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup minced onion

Nonstick cooking spray

6 cups fat-free chicken broth

2 small boiling potatoes, such as white rose, cut into 2-inch cubes

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons slivered almonds, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 1 teaspoon butter, for garnish

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Place the chiles on a rack over the flame on top of the stove. Char the chiles on all sides, then put them in a paper bag and close. (You can also set them under the broiler to blacken the skins.) Let them stand until the skins are easy to peel, about 15 minutes. Remove the stem, seeds and charred peel from the peppers. Chop the peppers.

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Cook the garlic and onion in a 5-quart saucepot sprayed with nonstick cooking spray until the onion is tender and begins to brown around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chopped peppers. Cook 1 minute.

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Stir in the chicken broth and add the cubed potatoes. Bring to boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Puree the soup in batches with the cilantro and cumin.

Cook the almonds and pumpkin seeds in a skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and butter until the nuts begin to lightly brown. Spoon the soup into bowls and sprinkle the nuts and seeds over the top.

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4 servings. Each serving: 173 calories; 1,828 mg sodium; 3 mg cholesterol; 8 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 16 grams carbohydrates; 11 grams protein; 2.73 grams fiber.

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vietri bowl from Room with a View, Santa Monica.

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