Chilled Spinach-Pea Soup Hors d'Oeuvres

This bright green chilled soup offers beautiful contrast to the orange butternut squash soup hors d'oeuvre and beet soup hors d'oeuvre.

  • Yield: Makes 5 1/2 cups or 22 two-ounce servings

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2008

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 to 5 leeks, white and light-green parts only, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rinsed well
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound spinach, stems removed
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup tarragon leaves, packed
  • 15 ounces frozen peas, thawed

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add leeks, and cook until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Add spinach, and cook just until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in stock, and simmer until spinach is tender but still bright green, about 6 minutes. Add tarragon and peas, and cook 5 minutes.

  3. Puree soup in a blender until smooth. (You may need to work in batches.) Using the back of a rubber spatula, press soup through a coarse sieve set over a bowl. Season soup with salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning, and adjust as needed. Use a glass measure to pour soup into 2-ounce sake or espresso cups, and serve warm.

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