florafloraflora (florafloraflora) wrote in vegancooking,
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Gazpacho

I've been making gazpacho a lot lately with the abundance of heirloom tomatoes at my farmer's market. The recipe I use comes from Russ Parsons at the LA Times by way of this podcast (warning: icky meat picture), and everybody loves it. I've made it so many times I've gotten so I can eyeball the amounts and vary the ingredients. I don't always do the garnishes, and I've never done them all at the same time. It's always yum.

Andalusian Garden Gazpacho

4 slices bread, crusts removed (4 ounces), plus 2 slices bread, diced and fried in a little olive oil (for garnish), divided
11/2 cups cold water, plus extra to soak the bread, divided
5 tomatoes (about 2 pounds), plus 1 small tomato, finely chopped (for garnish), divided
2 cloves garlic (or one large one—this is the rare place where more garlic is not better)
Small piece of green bell pepper, plus extra finely chopped green pepper (for garnish), divided
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tsps salt (I find that this is too much)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped, for garnish
1 small white onion, finely chopped, for garnish

1. Break the 4 slices crustless bread into chunks and soak it in water to cover until softened.

2. Remove cores from the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into chunks and puree in a blender or food processor. Press the juice and pulp through a sieve, discarding the bits of skin and seeds. [At first I was really militant about cleaning out the tomatoes, but there's no need. Just remove the place where the stem was attached and any other crusty spots from the outside, and throw the rest into the blender.]

3. Squeeze the water from the bread and place it in a blender or food processor with the garlic. Blend until smooth.

4. Add the tomato pulp, green pepper, cumin and salt. With the blender running, add the oil in a slow stream. Blend in the vinegar and some of the 11/2 cups cold water.

5. Place the gazpacho in a pitcher and add the remaining water. This makes about 41/2 cups gazpacho. Serve immediately or chill until serving time.

6. To serve, pour the gazpacho into individual bowls. Place each of the garnishes (finely chopped green pepper, cucumber, onion, tomato and crisp bread) in small bowls. Pass the garnishes with the gazpacho and allow guests to serve themselves.
Tags: easy-recipes, ethnic food-spanish, soups-cold, soups-tomato, vegetables-tomatoes
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