1 half chicken breast, steamed in Mehu-Liisa steam juicer
1 lb fresh tomatillos, dry roasted
1 bulb garlic, skins on and separated, dry roasted
1-3 large serrano chilies (5-7 inches), dry roasted
1 TB olive oil
2 cups steamed chicken stock from Mehu-Liisa steam juicer (see previous post)
1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
salt and pepper
fresh tortilla chips
1 TB apple-wood pellets
First off, I peel the husks from the tomatillos and separate the garlic cloves. I dry roast the veggies on the range, the tomatillos over the hob (this works just as well below a broiler), and the garlic and serranos in a small cast iron skillet (no oil). Once the veggies are good and charred–the tomatillos should start to soften–I peel the paper from the garlic, stem the chilies, and place them all in the food processor. I process till smooth.
I like a bit of smoky flavor in my tortilla soup, so I use a makeshift smoker to smoke the chicken in the oven. I place a tablespoon of apple-wood pellets on a cast iron skillet on high heat. As soon as they start to smoke I place the chicken on a grill over the pellets, place a lid on the skillet, and stick it in the oven (no heat, just to contain the smoke) for about ten minutes. You may want to start your kitchen vent.
While the chicken smokes, I heat up a tablespoon of olive oil till smoking hot, then pour the blended base all at once into the pan. It should sizzle dramatically and come quickly to a boil. This really opens up the flavor of the base. As soon as the base starts to thicken, I add the stock all at once.
The chicken comes out of the oven nice and smoky. I shred it with two forks, chop up the cilantro, and add both to the broth. I let the flavors combine for about 1o minutes over medium low heat and then serve with fresh tortilla chips. Nice! A dab of sour cream would go well with this hearty soup.
Let me know if you try this out. Please offer any suggestions or improvements. As always, I welcome your comments and any tips and recipes you may have for using the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer from Finland.