La soupe du cinq mai

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time35 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
4 corn or flour tortillas, cut to fit within soup bowl rim
2 tbsp olive oil
6 large sweet onions, sliced into thin rings
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt, a few cranks of black pepper
480ml low-salt, low-fat chicken stock or broth
480ml low-fat beef stock or broth
80ml fresh lime juice
240ml pilsner or lager beer or a French biere de garde
2 avocados, diced
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 spring onions, white and green parts sliced
Large bunch fresh coriander, leaves chopped
1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
150g shredded queso fresco, a nice Gruyere, or drunken goat cheese (I really like drunken goat!), to top and garnish
Sliced lime, to garnish
Special equipment: 4 ovenproof soup bowls
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Place the cut tortilla rounds in the oven and bake until crisp.

2) Heat the olive oil in large heavy saucepan over a medium heat. Add onions and cook until wilted and dark brown, stirring occasionally.

3) Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add oregano and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute 3 minutes. Add both broths and the lime juice and bring to a simmer.

4) Simmer a few minutes, then add the beer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, drink the rest of the beer, you've earned it! Taste and adjust seasoning.

5) Preheat the grill and move the rack to the second level below the grill element.

6) Ladle the soup into the bowls. Add to each bowl some avocado, tomatoes, spring onions, coriander and jalapenos. Top each bowl with a baked tortilla round then cheese.

7) Grill until the cheese is melty and lusciously brown. Garnish with lime slices, a little leftover coriander and serve with beer, if desired. Vive la revolucion!

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