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  • Ajo Blanco featuring Spanish Olive Oil

    Ingredients

    1.4 quarts

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Almonds, blanched
      1 cup
    • Cold water
      3 cups
    • Garlic, cloves
      1 ea.
    • Rustic bread, all crust removed
      Cut into 1-inch cubes.
      1/3 lb.
    • Salt
      as needed
    • Sherry vinegar, plus more if desired
      1 1/2 tsp.
    • Spanish Extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish and for serving
      1 1/2 Tbsp.
    • Green seedless grapes
      as needed
    • Almonds, sliced, toasted, crushed
      as needed
    •  Mint leaves, chiffonade
      as needed

    Method

    1. In a blender, combine almonds with water and garlic and blend at high speed until milky; you may need to stop and scrape down sides of blender jar once or twice.
    2. Add bread and blend until very smooth.
    3. Season with salt, then blend in vinegar and Spanish olive oil. If using a less powerful blender, you may want to pass the soup through a fine-mesh strainer at this point; with a high-powered blender, that won't be necessary.
    4. Transfer soup to a sealed container and refrigerate until very well chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
    5. Cut up grapes into halves and season with Spanish olive oil, and a touch of salt.
    6. To serve: Place grapes at bottom of bowl. Pour soup into bowl, place almonds on top, garnish with mint, and drizzle with good amount of Spanish olive oil.
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