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Summer Cooking - Gazpacho

July 31, 2017, 12:00 am

Gazpacho has been around since the eighth century in Spain. It was a poor man’s soup, thickened with day old bread and tinged with vinegar. In its original form, it was a type of bread soup mashed with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and water. Tomatoes came in later, after the discovery of the New World.

Over the centuries, gazpacho took on region-specific alterations, sometimes with ground almonds or pine nuts added, sometimes peppers, or even grapes. It also varied in texture, from a thick purée to a chunky consistency to a thin liquid. Today, pitchers of gazpacho can be found in the fridge of many Spaniards.

With cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes coming in now, it’s the perfect time to make gazpacho. On hot summer evenings, who wants to heat the kitchen up even more? This recipe is easy and flavorful. Make it ahead of time, though, to let the flavors meld. Gazpacho should be served ice cold.


Gazpacho

3 cups ripe tomatoes, diced
1 red or green pepper, small dice
1 small red onion, small dice
1 stalk celery, small dice
1 cucumber, small dice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups organic vegetable juice
pinch cayenne
1 teaspoon cumin
sea salt to taste
(optional) lemon wedges and chopped cilantro or basil for garnish

Mix tomato, pepper, onion, celery, and cucumber together in a bowl. Divide the mixture in half and separate into two bowls. Add garlic to one of the bowls and pour into a blender. Add vinegar to the blender and puree until smooth. Add vegetable juice, cayenne, and cumin to the blender and blend. Add the puree to the bowl of diced vegetables and season with salt to taste. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Garnish with lemon and herbs if desired.

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August 17, 2017 3:08pm
Oryana

There is a print icon above the photo that you can click.

August 17, 2017 2:27pm
Lou Gamalski

This recipe sounds so good! One suggestion... I wish the sharing options included a "printer" icon. I like to print (printer-ready versions of) recipes to make later. Thanks for your consideration and the recipes!

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