Cantaloupe Buttermilk Soup with Bay Shrimp

This creamy chilled soup dresses up one of the summer's best ingredients, cantaloupe, with walnuts, garlic and sweet bay shrimp.
Photo by Sang An

Courtesy Jenn Louis, chef/owner, Ray, Portland, OR

Jenn Louis garnishes this soup with sweet Oregon bay shrimp dressed with jalapeño, mint and lemon. Any small shrimp works, as would crab or crisp-fried prosciutto.

Chef Jean Louis
Chef Jenn Louis / Illustration by Brian Clark

About Chef Jenn Louis 

A favorite from the Bravo show Top Chef Masters, Louis is a multiple James Beard Award nominee and author of two cookbooks, Pasta By Hand and The Book Of Greens. Her one-year-old Portland, Oregon, restaurant, Ray, highlights the varied influences on modern Israeli cuisine and uses local ingredients.

Beat the Summer Heat with These Chilled Soups

 

Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds peeled, seeded cantaloupe, diced
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 6 ounces cooked bay shrimp
Directions

Blend cantaloupe, breadcrumbs, walnuts and garlic until smooth. Add oil, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt, and purée until smooth. Transfer to large bowl, and whisk in buttermilk. Add salt, to taste. Pass through medium strainer, and chill in refrigerator.

Serve in shallow bowls, topped with shrimp and drizzled with olive oil. Serves 4.

Pair It

Troon 2016 Cuvée Rolle Vermentino (Applegate Valley). Louis suggests this natural wine from her fellow Oregonians at Troon Vineyards. Co-fermentation with 10% Marsanne adds white peach and melon flavors to the green fruit of this Vermentino. Despite its youth, it’s smooth and well integrated, with a touch of vanilla cream on the finish.

Published on May 16, 2018
About the Author
Nils Bernstein
Contributing Editor, Food

A fan of sweet wines, sour beers, and old-school Rioja, Bernstein is an exhaustive traveler in search of new and unsung chefs and restaurants, innovative wine and food pairings, and eating and drinking at the source. In addition to Wine Enthusiast, Bernstein has written for Bon Appetit, Men’s Journal, New York Times, Men’s Fitness, Hemispheres, and Kinfolk, among others.

Email: nbernstein@wineenthusiast.net



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