Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles

Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles 6

3popspopsicle week textI’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, and useful links. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why you NEED these in your life this summer. I’m dedicating each day this week to a different kind of popsicle, and today I’m taking yesterday’s theme of savory ingredients a step further and exploring the idea of the popsicle as a cooling first course with these chilled beet soup popsicles!

Chilled beet soup popsicle on a plate

Chilled summer soup in popsicle form, hmmm… I admit I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but the idea nagged at me all week.   I thought about versions of gazpacho, vichyssoise, cucumber yogurt… I love chilled soups and I figured there must be a way to combine the two concepts  into one refreshing idea for a hot weather first course.

Chilled beet soup popsicle in a glass bowl.

So are you a beet lover, or a beet hater?  I think they’re a spectacular food, and some of my favorite recipes on the blog have been made with beets.   Did any of you try my BEET CHIPS?  I hope I have at least a few lovers hanging in here with me, these pops are a big surprise thumbs up!   Lots of cultures do cold yogurt based soups, but in Eastern Europe and Russia they’re especially prized, and  this blend of roasted and pureed beets and yogurt is a traditional summer dish.  You can also use sour cream or crème fraîche in place of the yogurt.

Close up photograph of chilled beet soup popsicle in a glass bowl.

Picture this… you’re having a few friends over for dinner, you’ve got something on the grill, or maybe you’re doing a potluck summer salad buffet, and you appear with the first course…chilled beet soup popsicles!  It’ll be a hit, and a conversation starter.

Overhead photograph of chilled beet soup popsicle on a glass bowl.

If you don’t like beets, try this with a smooth curried carrot soup, or, one of my favorites, cold cucumber yogurt soup.  I have a gorgeous CHILLED SOUP  Pinterest board where you can get all sorts of ideas.

Photograph of Chilled beet soup popsicle on a glass plate.

TIPS ~

  • A nice creamy consistency is important for this soup, and you will get the best puree from a good blender or a small food processor.  You can strain the puree through a mesh sieve for an even finer texture if you like.
  •   Experiment with ‘popsical-izing’ other chilled soups.  Fruit soups are an obvious choice, and other pureed veggies like carrots would work … I’m still intrigued by the notion of a gazpacho pop.

Chilled Beet Soup Popsicles

Serving Size: makes 6 soup popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 medium beet (about 6 oz)
  • Greek yogurt (about 1 1/2 cups total)
  • milk or cream to thin, if necessary
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 400F
  2. Wash the beet and wrap loosely in foil. Roast for about 1 1/2 hours, or until tender when pierced with a sharp knife Let cool, and then peel and give it a rough chop.
  3. Puree the beet in a small food processor. Keep scraping down the sides as necessary until you get the beet as finely pureed as possible.
  4. Add 1 cup of the yogurt to the machine and process until the mixture is nice and smooth.
  5. Season with the lemon juice, pomegranate molasses and salt to taste.
  6. Thin the mixture with some milk or cream until it is the consistency of thick pancake batter. Fill the molds ALMOST to the top, but leave about 1/4 inch. Clean up any spills from the mold.
  7. Put the mold in the freezer for about an hour.
  8. Thin another 1/2 cup of yogurt to a pourable consistency and fill the molds to the top. Insert the sticks, and freeze for another several hours, or overnight, until firm.
  9. To unmold the pops, fill your sink with hot water and immerse the mold up to, but not over the edge for 15 seconds. If the pops don't slide out easily, immerse for another few seconds.
  10. Serve these popsicles in small bowls, garnished with a mint or dill sprig.

 

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For tons more popsicle inspiration, follow my POPSICLE  PINTEREST BOARD

There aren’t many other examples of first course popsicles out there, but I found a few,  (if I missed your favorite, link it up in the comments!) —

Blackberry and Chevre Popsicles from Cooking Stoned

Gingered Cantaloupe Soup Popsicles from The Dog’s Breakfast

Cucumber Soup Pops from gluten free girl

Tomato Cucumber Pop from Mark Bitman

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    Linda L.
    May 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    This is certainly not something many people would have on their “popsicles-I-have-to-try-before-I-die” list! It does make sense since sugar is made from beets that you would make a dessert with them. Definitely making these!
    I do wonder about staining – beet juice would be hard to get out if it dripped.

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    Marilyn
    May 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    So beautiful!

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