Recipes: Cool and Spicy Green Tomato Soup with Crab and Country Ham

1/2 cup vegetable oil
5 ounces country ham, julienned
2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
6 whole peeled cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
2 jalapenos, stemmed and sliced
4 green anaheims
2 green pasilla chilies
3 1/2 pound firm, Chef Jeff green tomatoes, cored and cut into eighths
1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for cartilage
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
6 tablespoons capers
1/2 cup chopped green onions

In a large saucepan, heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the ham, pan-fry until crispy and golden, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and strain, reserving the oil and ham. Return the oil to the pan and heat. Add the onions and saute until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the onions with salt and pepper. Add the garlic, bay leaves and chilies, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the tomatoes soften. Remove the bay leaves. Using a hand-held blender, puree the soup until smooth. Chill the soup. Add the lemon juice and hot sauce. Season with salt. In a mixing bowl, mix the crabmeat, sour cream, tomatoes, capers and green onions together. Season the salad with salt and pepper. To serve, ladle the soup into individual bowls and garnish with the crab salad and crispy ham. The soup can be served either chilled or warm.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Yield: 12 servings

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