Swedish Strawberry Mint Soup

"According to Marcus Samuelsson, this is traditionally made in Sweden in June when the wild strawberries (which heretofore I only associated with Ingmar Bergman) are available. But Marcus says it's delicious with cultivated strawberries, or you can substitute other berries or a combination thereof. Cooking time includes three hours of cooling/chilling time."
 
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Ready In:
3hrs 25mins
Ingredients:
7
Serves:
6-8
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ingredients

  • 3 pints strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed (from about 4 oranges)
  • 6 inches piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 -5 stalks lemongrass (tough outer leaves removed, tender inner stalks lightly smashed and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds)
  • 2 cups mint, fresh, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
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directions

  • Set aside 1/2 pint of the strawberries and thinly slice the rest.
  • Place the sliced strawberries in a large saucepan and add the water, orange juice, ginger, lemongrass, mint and sugar, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for five minutes.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to steep for an hour.
  • After steeping, strain the strawberry mixture through a fine sieve, mashing the strawberries to get the maximum strained liquid.
  • Discard the solids.
  • Cover and refrigerate the liquid--your strawberry soup--until well chilled--at least two hours.
  • Meanwhile, cut the reserved 1/2 pint of strawberries into 1/4" dice, place in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.
  • When ready to serve, place a small mound of diced strawberries in the center of each shallow soup plate or bowl, pour the chilled soup around the berries and serve.
  • Note 1: You can, if you wish, serve this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Note 2: You can combine 1/2 cup of the soup with 1/2 cup of champagne for a lovely summer cocktail or with 1/2 cup of sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version.

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Reviews

  1. Bitocandy
    Made this for a special dinner and it got rave reviews. We all loved it! I thought there might be too much ginger for my taste but it was perfect. I used lemon balm instead of verbena because that is what I had. We had it with ice cream but I would not recommend that...it was best all by itself. I will make this again. So easy!
     
  2. Chemaine
    Wonderful, loved it!!!
     
  3. justcallmetoni
    I drank mine with some champagne as suggested. Such a nice change from the more commonplace mimosa. I loved the way the ginger and lemongrass gave this a more complex and sophisticated flavor to one of my favorite fruits.
     
  4. twissis
    I made this for ZWT II just as written, but halved the recipe & used dry mint because I can't get fresh. I liked it as it was, but knew my DH would give me 1 of his "Isn't this a bit odd?" looks, so I combined his w/whipped cream & froze it into a creamy strawberry slush. He adored it! Men! They're just so predictable! This is a versatile recipe & fun to make. Thx for posting.
     
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