White Almond-Garlic Soup with Grapes

From the kitchen of: "The Great Garlic Book," by Chester Aaron, Ten Speed Press, 1997)

  • 1 3/4 cups (about 8 ounces) blanched, ground almonds
  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed, diced
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 36 white seedless grapes, halved, for garnish.

1. In a large bowl, combine the almonds, bread, garlic, milk and vinegar. Working in three batches, transfer about a third of the mixture to a blender and process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly pour in 2/3 cup of olive oil. Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Repeat process with the remaining mixture.

2. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper and chill for several hours. Before serving, taste the soup; if it tastes too strongly of either garlic or vinegar, add a bit of water. Serve the soup garnished with grape halves. Yield: 6 servings.

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