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When does a drink become a soup? It’s the perfect question to mull over on a slow Tuesday. Well, today Hugh combines the tangy, savoury flavours of a Bloody Mary with the earthy sweetness of beetroot in this deliciously chilled bloody beetroot soup for River Cottage Food Tube.
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Cook-along with Hugh! Have a go at his bloody beetroot soup:
Ingredients (serves 4 people)
200g cooked, skinned beetroot (vac-packed is fine, but not pickled!), roughly chopped 500ml tomato juice (from a carton or home-juiced) 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce A healthy shake of Tabasco Juice of 1 lemon
A good pinch of celery salt Freshly ground black pepper 1–2 shots vodka (optional!)
Directions: Put the beetroot, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, lemon juice, celery salt and some black pepper in a blender and blitz to a smooth consistency (add the vodka too, if you fancy it).
As with the best Bloody Mary cocktails, a bit of customised mixology can make all the difference. Taste the soup and tinker with the seasoning, adding more Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, lemon, salt or pepper to suit your taste.
Pour the soup into bowls and add a few ice cubes if you like. Serve with celery stalks, lemon wedges and seasonings on the table.
Beetroot and horseradish soup For a creamier but no less peppy spin on this soup, leave out the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt, but season generously with the lemon juice and plenty of salt and pepper.
Add 2–3 teaspoons grated horseradish (from a jar or fresh from the root) and 4 tablespoons cashew cream and blitz thoroughly. Serve lightly chilled.