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The most elegant dish I know is also the simplest. This soup has one ingredient: corn juice. As in, corn kernels run through a juicer. I couldn’t believe how spare the ingredients were, how simple the technique. Just, uh, corn? Let’s have

INGREDIENTS

For the chive oil (optional)

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  • 1 oz. chives (the size of a standard supermarket herb plastic packet)
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil, like canola
  • Ice

For the corn soup

  • 8 ears of corn, shucked
  • Fine salt

HOW TO PREPARE

The chive oil preparation

  • Prepare a bowl of ice water.
  • Bring additional water to a boil in a medium pan.
  • Blanch chives for 10 seconds, then plunge into ice water. Drain and pat dry. Chop roughly.
  • Add chives and oil to blender and blend on high until smooth.
  • Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes.
  • Strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer, or through a cheesecloth, to remove any bits of chives. Reserve oil.
  • You can store the chive oil in the fridge, but make sure it’s room temperature before using.

The corn soup preparation 

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  • Remove corn kernels using the method above. Turn on your juicer to medium power.
  • Scoop kernels by the cupful into the juicer and run them through, catching the soup in a large bowl or measuring cup.
  • When all kernels have been juiced, taste the soup, and salt lightly as desired.
  • Stir well, and pour into small bowls or tall shot glasses. Drizzle sparingly with chive oil, if using, and serve immediately.
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