Sunday Supper: Gazpacho

For another steamy Sunday, here’s one of the best cold dishes in the world (and it’s barely any work to make). Adapted from How To Cook Everything.
 
Gazpacho, Fast and Simple
 
Makes: 4 servings
Time: About 20 minutes
 
No one can definitively say what “gazpacho” is—you see it with grapes, with almonds, even with melon— and you can indeed make delicious gazpacho with all those things. This basic recipe is what you probably expect when you hear the word gazpacho, but with this formula you can replace the tomatoes and cucumber with fruits of similar texture and change the soup in infinite ways.
 
2 pounds tomatoes, roughly chopped, or one
28-ounce can (include the juices)
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded if you like, and chopped
2 or 3 slices bread, a day or two old, crusts removed, torn into small pieces
1 /4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar, or more to taste
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
 
1. Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, bread, oil, vinegar, and garlic with 1 cup water in a blender; process until smooth. If the gazpacho seems too thick, thin with additional water.
 
2. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately (or refrigerate and serve within a couple of hours), garnished with a drizzle of olive oil.

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous said...

    Great recipe. I made the one from the book and it’s perfect in it’s simplicity. However, the extra sentence you added at the end of step 2 above may be a little confusing. I’m not sure you meant to include white wine.

  2. Anonymous said...

    If you ask to any spanish what gazpacho is, 8 out of 10 will say to you it is a spanish tomato-based cold soup dressed with olive oil and vinegar. There begin versions, depending to a large extent, your grandmother recipe or the region of Spain she was born. As regards your version of gazpacho, my late grandma would miss a third italian green pepper, and a pinch of onion. She would remind you gazpacho NEVER includes bread (in such case you are talking about "salmorejo", or "porra"). As for me, I recommend you NEVER process or blend olive oil with a machine, because the final product will be ORANGE and not an awsome RED and fresh soup. Simply, you must dress the soup manually (3-6 tbs olive oil, 1-2 tbs jerez-based vinegar, depending the quantity of gazpacho). Best regards

  3. Charlotte said...

    I tried the recipe and as I was eating it, I couldn’t figure out what the real difference was between salsa and gazpacho. Can you help me out?

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