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Ajo Blanco soup recipe from our Andalusia cooking vacation

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Olive oil is used in all sorts of recipes in Spain, particularly in Andalusia. "We use extra virgin olive oil for everything, from savory to sweet," Chef Clive, of our Andalusia cooking vacation says. "Even in the ice cream." That said, it has to be used with care. It should also be used as soon as possible, and it's a great way to season food, just like you would with salt and pepper. Why? Because the best extra virgin olive oil is basically made with fresh fruit juice.

One way to use that olive oil is with this Ajo Blanco -- chilled almond soup -- recipe, which is one of Chef Clive's favorites. This particular recipe serves four people.

Ajo Blanco dish from Andalusia, SpainAjo Blanco

Ingredients
250g (8 3/4 oz) blanched almonds
3 cloves garlic
85g (around 3 oz) white bread crumbs
500ml (just over 1 pint) water
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
Salt to taste
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 muscatel grapes
Extra virgin olive oil to serve

Method
1. Finely grind the almonds and garlic in a blender. Add the bread crumbs, water, vinegar, and salt and blend for two minutes until smooth.
2. Slowly add the olive oil, while blending continuously until it becomes creamy liquid.
3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
4. Serve in individual soup bowl or a large gobbler with 1 or 2 grapes and lightly drizzle extra virgin olive oil.

Want to learn more classic Spanish recipes like this one? Head on over to Spain for our culinary vacation Cooking in Andalusian Olive Country.

By Liz Hall

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