Monday, April 03, 2006

Ojai Valley Inn Tortilla Soup

The Ojai Valley Inn Resort was started in 1922 in Ojai California by, Edward Drummond Libbey, a wealthy Ohio glass manufacturer and philanthropist, built a country club and golf course for residents and visitors. Ojai is a wonderful town that has a great small town charm. This is where a lot of the Hollywood and other individuals with money like to go for a weekend or longer retreat.

It you check out the website you will find out that the place is not cheap. Room start from $400 a night and it is one of those places that if you have to ask how much the costs to eat at the restaurant you probably should not go there. Maybe one of these days I might spurge for a night of me, myself and I when I go home to visit.

Ojai Valley Inn Tortilla Soup

4 corn tortillas, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 lbs large tomatoes, quartered
1 medium onion, quartered
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
8 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbs ground cumin
2 tsp ground chili powder
2 bay leaves
3 corn tortillas, cut into 2-inch-long, 1/4-inch-wide strips
1 cup diced, cooked chicken
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, diced
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream

Puree tomatoes and onion in processor until mixture is as smooth as

Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in heavy, large saucepan over
medium heat. Add chopped tortillas and garlic and saute 2 minutes.

Add tomato-onion puree, chicken stock, tomato paste, cilantro,
cumin, chili powder and bay leaves and bring to boil. Reduce heat
and simmer 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

Strain soup through coarse sieve, pressing on solids with back of
spoon. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Heat remaining 1/2 cup vegetable oil in heavy large skillet over
high heat. Add tortilla strips and cook until crisp and golden,
about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and drain well.

Bring soup to simmer. Ladle into bowls. Serve, passing tortilla
strips, chicken, avocado, cheese and sour cream.

Servings: 6

No comments:

Post a Comment

What Do You think?

0b9de52241409967944151e2bda0bfbd 424e14018934bd7c0b4b2f3011431f2f