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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

3 July 2014

Gazpacho is a cool, refreshing and flavourful start to a meal on a hot summer day. You can eat gazpacho from a soup bowl, or drink it from a glass. Either way, it is tasty, refreshing and very healthy, since it is made from nothing but fresh vegetables and a bit of oil and vinegar. During the hot weather, do what the Spaniards do - Make a batch of gazpacho and keep it in a glass pitcher in the refrigerator for whenever you need a cool drink.

• For 6 people
• Difficulty: very easy
• Preparation time: 30 minutes / Chill: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 2 slices of white bread, crust removed
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 green bell peppers (or any sweet green pepper)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • Garnish:
  • 1 tsp each of cucumber and green pepper, finely chopped
  • 3-4 croutons (optional)

Preparation:

Soak the bread in a small amount (few tablespoons) of water. Gently remove and “squeeze” dry.

Tip: The easiest way to peel tomatoes is to boil water in a medium saucepan. As soon as water boils, turn off heat and place the tomatoes into the hot water for 1 minute. Carefully remove hot tomatoes. The skin will rub off easily.

Place the tomatoes, bread, cucumbers, onions, garlic and peppers in a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth. All the ingredients may not fit at one time, so you may have to fill the blender several times.

Once gazpacho is completely blended, pour it into a large non-metallic bowl. Stir in the oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Garnish with the chopped vegetables and croutons, if desired. Serve gazpacho chilled.

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