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    Jul 11, 2010 5:17AM

    Meatless Monday: Gazpacho

    I really hate Atlanta summers.  I hate the heat, I hate the humidity, I hate the kids not having a routine and I hate that I can't cook whatever I want beacuse it is too hot in the kitchen!  Other than salad, chilled soups are one of the few "no-cook" dishes that I enjoy, and gazpacho is at the top of the list.  When I make a batch, I make a huge one, and will eat it for lunch every day of the week, and I don't get sick of it.

    Everyone's gazpacho is different, and unless it is bland, I will eat it.  This recipe is how I like it, with lots of cilantro and vinegar, and kind of chunky.  Feel free to play around with this recipe.  If you hate cilantro, you can completely leave it out.  Add in some flat leaf parsley, scallions or chives.  You can make it completely fat free and leave out the oil.  This recipe is so forgiving.  In addition, it will stay fresh in your refrigerator for a week. Enjoy and stay cool!

     

    Gazpacho

    1 red onion, sliced

    4 cloves garlic, smashed

    4 T. EVOO

    1/3 c. red wine vinegar

    4 # roma tomatoes, diced

    1 English cucumber, peeled and diced

    1 red or green bell pepper, diced

    1 4oz. can tomato paste

    kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

    1 c. chopped fresh cilantro

    2/3 c. tomato juice (or V8 juice)

    hot sauce, to taste

    optional: sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for garnish

    Puree all ingredients in a food processor until chunky. It will be most likely be necessary to process it in 2 – 3 batches, so begin with the first 4 or 5 ingredients, process and pour into a large bowl. Repeat with the next several ingredients and keep repeating until all of the ingredients are used up. Taste the soup and adjust it to your liking For example, I use extra cilantro and red wine vinegar.

     

    Chill 1 – 2 hours before serving. Garnish with sour cream or yogurt and extra hot sauce.

     


     

     

    0 Comments ~ Posted By GwennW
    Filed in: Soup ~ Tagged with: chilled soup, gazpacho, cilantro, tomato
    posted by Margaritary
    8/09/10

    Wow) I like this one) Gazoacho is really yummi and a great solution for hot summer days)
    However, if it is a Meatless-Monday recipe, it would be better not to add dairy sour cream/plain Greek yogurt in it, but either use dairy-free options or do not garnish it at all=) I love Gazpacho without sour cream, it has a fresher taste this way;)
    Thaks for the recipe!


    posted by
    8/09/10

    I think I'll go make this right now. I have a ton of toms, cucs and zucs that I just picked and I will be eating mine with a huge dollop of sour cream or maybe 2! Plus some cheesy, garlic pesto bread. :drool:


    posted by
    8/09/10

    Yummy


    posted by
    8/10/10

    Sounds so much better than the frittata I had. Oh if my kids would just let me add veggies to the eggs life would be so different!


    posted by
    8/10/10

    I made this last night and it was soooooo good! One thing though--it gave me serious onion breath this morning. But I guess onion breath it's gazpacho's hangover. Still, totally worth it.


    posted by
    8/15/10

    Looks delicious!



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