Thursday, August 26, 2010

Good Gazpacho

gazpacho

What do you like to eat in the dog days of August?

I don't like anything heavy. Preferably vegetarian and light.

This cold tomato and vegetable soup, also knows as gazpacho, is perfect for hot summer nights on the patio with a hunk of bread.
It is also great as a salsa for shrimp cocktail.

It's Ina's recipe, so you know it's good.
I used different color peppers to make it more colorful.

Gazpacho:

1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled
1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow pepper, cored & seeded
4 plum tomatoes
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups of tomato juice (I used low sodium)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
I added 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced for some heat (optional)

Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not over process!

After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.



Enjoy and stay cool.

10 comments:

StaceyEsq said...

My absolute favorite from the incomparable Ina. Wish I could grab that bowl right off my computer screen!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I know what you mean about summer cooking. I've been roasting vegetables, and then making cold platters throughout the week. This looks like a great weekend option.

Kate said...

Sounds perfect. It was 111 here yesterday so I need something cool!

Dana said...

I have my Cook's Illustrated recipe that I know and love. But I do love Ina and trust every recipe that she writes. I'm going to try this one next time. I LOVE gazpacho.

Recipe for Delicious said...

Looks good, Stacey! My brother-in-law is addicted to this stuff and I've been promising to make it.

kat said...

Really there is nothing better on a hot day

tasteofbeirut said...

I love a cold gazpacho like this one on a hot and humid day!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Never had gazpacho, but it looks good.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Never had gazpacho, but it looks good.

Michele said...

When I read the title I knew you had to have referenced Ina at some point. LOL Every year I say I'm going to try gazpacho but it never happens. I'll bookmark this for the day I finally do!