Cuban Sweetcorn & Chorizo Soup

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This is a Cuban classic. I bought a Cuban cook book last week and although it’s more like a bloody history book than a cook book, there are some good recipes in it. This one in particular is delicious. Orgiginally a vegetarian soup, in the extensive evaluation of the meal, the book pointed out that often Chorizo sauage is often added. Who am I to argue.

RECIPE:
Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:
8 fresh corn heads
2 1/2 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable)
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
2 tablespoons fresh coriander (finely chopped)
2/3 cup cream
1 green capsicum, chopped
4 garlic cloves (chopped)
1/2 cup peanut oil
1 cup tomato puree
1 butternut squash (finely diced)
1 chorizo sausage
salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Remove the kernels from the sweetcorn heads, in a food processor or with a handblender, blend the kernels with the stock. Remove to a pan. In another bowl, blend the capsicum, garlic, oil, tomato puree and squash. Heat the stock/sweetcorn mix gently, then add the other blended ingredients and simmer for about 7 minutes. Stir in the cream and remove from heat. Pass the soup through a seive to get rid of any lumps. Return to the pan and add some salt & pepper and simmer again for a couple of minutes. Take about 1/4 out and add to the beaten eggs stirring well. Return this to the pan and simmer for about 2 minutes.
In a separate pan, slice the chorizo thinly and fry in a little oil for about 3-4 minutes each side until a little crispy. Add these to the soup and stir in.

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