Mexican Sweetcorn Soup

The bars and watering holes of Central American are incredible places. Open plan, laidback affairs with doors swung open to the midday sun in the hopes of catching some non-existent breath of cooling wind. Neon cerveza lights flickering above wooden countertops emblazoned with ice cream adds and chalkboard menus.

These menus are a minefield of equal part tourist traps and incredible local fare. Here is a basic recipe for a soup I had a few times while in Costa Rica, the grilled corn adds great texture while bringing the smoky sweetness up a few notches.
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50g Butter
1 White Onion
1 Leek
4 Medium Potatoes
1 Vegetable Stock Cube
500g Frozen Sweetcorn
3 Corn on the Cob

-In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan melt the butter on a medium heat with a small pinch of salt.
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-Finely dice the leek and the onion, don’t be too worried about precision, it’s going to get blitzed later.
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-Fry the onion and leek until translucent and sweet.
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-Peel and finely dice the potatoes.
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-Add the potato chunks to the pan along with the vegetable stock cube.
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-Half fill your pot with boiling water and boil the potatoes until you can cut them easily with a knife.
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-Add the frozen sweetcorn to the boiling water and cook for about two minutes.
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-Now you can blend the soup with a blender, food processor, soup gun or whatever you can think. Or you can just leave it chunky but I like it smooth.
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-Once you soup is done, get a griddle pan or frying pan onto a really high heat. The hottest it will go. It should be smoking. Get the extractor fan on and open a window.
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-Strip your corn cobs down.
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-Get them on the pan and rotate every few minutes until they take on a golden charred colour and are cooked through. About ten minutes.
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-Mix the charred corn through the soup and serve with a little sliced coriander.
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This recipe is an incredible accompaniment to an afternoons light drinking. Or if serving it as part of a meal, try it in a hot class with a dollop of sour cream on top. It’ll launch you straight to the beaches of the Caribbean. I guarantee.

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