I love Gazpacho. It’s a filling and refreshing soup that’s perfect on a hot summer’s day. Gazpacho is a traditional Spanish dish. It’s popular all over Spain and is made from a mixture of fresh raw veggies that typically include tomatoes and cucumbers. The soup also includes oil and vinegar, and in many cases, stale bread is added. The ingredients are pureed into a soup which is then served cold.
I really like Ina Garten’s recipe from her classic Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. I usually make it when we want a light lunch, or when the weather outside erases my willingness to slave over a hot stove. Today I decided to serve the Gazpacho as an appetizer for a party. I poured it into shot glasses and balanced a little parmesan crouton on top of each glass. Don’t they look cute?
- 1 hothouse cucumber, halved, not peeled
- 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
- 4 medium tomatoes
- ½ red onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 cups (23 ozs.) tomato juice
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- ¼ cup good olive oil
- ½ tbsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 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 coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess!
- After each vegetable is processed, pour into a large bowl
- 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.
- Pour into shot glasses.
- Top each glass with a parmesan crouton on a small skewer.
NOTE: To make the parmesan croutons, slice some hearty French or Italian bread into cubes and place them in a ziploc bag. Pour in a little melted butter and some grated parmesan cheese. Zip the bag closed and shake until the bread cubes are well coated. Spread them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 350ºF until they’re crisp and golden brown.