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Here comes the Gazpacho: It must be summer

Gazpacho - using equipment you have at home.
Gazpacho – using equipment you have at home.

This week my CSA box included lots of tomatoes and cucumbers, so of course I made Gazpacho. I used to make huge quantities of this wonderful cold, summer soup to serve from my food trailer at festivals — such a great, healthy and delicious treat while you’re out enjoying the fair and something really unique among all those grease-laden fried offerings and sugary commercial products.

In my cafe, I had a Robot Coupe, which was great for petite dicing all the veggies. It made a beautiful Gazpacho, and I’ll try to include a picture here. I no longer have the Robot Coupe and don’t want to dice such large amounts by hand, but I found my food processor worked perfectly well as long as I pulsed each veggie separately to get a nice, even texture.

Tomatoes for Gazpacho ripening in the summer sun.
Tomatoes for Gazpacho ripening in the summer sun.

GAZPACHO (I doubled this recipe, which made about 4-5 quarts)

  • Red bell peppers, 3 medium, petite diced or chunked and pulsed in food processor
  • Cucumbers, 3 medium, petite diced or pulsed in food processor
  • Plum tomatoes, 6-8 medium, petite diced or pulsed in food processor
  • Red onion, 2 medium, pulsed in food processor
  • Garlic, 2 cloves, minced
  • Tomato Juice, one quart cold
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 3/4 cups
  • Sea salt, 1 tsp.
  • Oregano, 1/2 tsp.
  • Basil, 1/2 tsp.
  • Wine vinegar, 2 TB
  • Tabasco sauce, 1 tsp.
  • Szeged hot paprika, 1 tsp.
  • Lemon juice, 2 TB
  • Cilantro, 1 bunch, chopped

Run the veggies through a Robot Coupe on a small dicing blade, maybe 3/8″ — or pulse each veggie separately to a coarse but even consistency in a food processor. Place in a bowl or other receptable. Add the tomato juice, extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, seasonings and cilantro. Chill thoroughly until ready to eat. I prefer to make it one day in advance — the plum tomatoes thicken to a wonderful consistency.

Gazpacho if you happen to be the proud owner of a Robot Coupe with a petite dicing blade.
Gazpacho if you happen to be the proud owner of a Robot Coupe with a petite dicing blade.

If you’d like more information about the CSA, please visit Bob’s Fresh and Local (produce) and All Grass Farms (livestock, chickens, milk and cheese).

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