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      RECIPE TITLE "Cold Cucumber And Yogurt Soup With Oysters And Caviar"
    from the book The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter, Copyright 1999

    ... more great recipes by Charlie Trotter on our GREAT CHEFS page!

    yields4 servings time-- difficultymoderate/difficult

    This dish is especially refreshing on a warm summer day. It goes together very quickly because there is no cooking involved; the cucumbers, yogurt, and a little lemon juice are merely blended together. Shrimp or salmon can be added for a more lavish presentation or to provide more substance.
    For a wonderful vegetarian first course, omit the oysters and add a couple of additional vegetables.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    • 2 English cucumbers, peeled and chopped
    • 1 cup plain yogurt
    • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 small yellow tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 cup Hot and Sour Cucumbers (see page 207)
    • 16 small oysters, shucked
    • 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon caviar
    • 2 tablespoons radish sprouts
    • 2 teaspoons dill sprigs
    • 4 teaspoons Dill Oil (see page 203)

      RECIPE METHOD

    METHOD—To prepare the soup: Purée the cucumbers, yogurt, and lemon juice until smooth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    To prepare the tomato: Toss the diced tomato with the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    ASSEMBLY—Stir the soup and ladle into 4 shallow bowls. Place some of the diced tomato in the center of each bowl and arrange some of the Hot and Sour Cucumbers at 4 points around the tomatoes. Place an oyster on each mound of cucumbers and top each oyster with 1 teaspoon of the caviar. Sprinkle a few of the radish sprouts around the bowls. Sprinkle the dill sprigs on the soup and drizzle the Dill Oil around the bowls. Top with freshly ground black pepper.

    WINE NOTES—This refreshing soup requires an equally refreshing wine. The key to finding the right wine for this dish is matching the oysters and caviar, and the crisp acidity and mineral flavors of a Chablis are perfect. Either the Moreau Chablis "Vaillons" or a Sancerre by Lucien Crochet would do the trick.


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