Gazpacho

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Hello you tall, dark, COOL drink of…veggies! I know right, but yes VEGGIES! I wish I could tell you that I love vegetables more than I love carbs but hey it’s just not so {you’ve seen all the pasta recipes here LOL}. BUT this is changing my mind and it’s perfect for summertime! It’s cool, refreshing and ridiculously tantalizing on the tongue.

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I was throwing a little dinner party a few weeks back. You know, that one where I blind folded my friends ; ) Well I needed to think out of the box on not only the menu but the way the foods were served. I was chatting on Twitter{have I mentioned how much I love Twitter, if you don’t tweet you’re missing out!} with one of my Twitter friends, Alessio {better known as Recipe Taster} and he suggested that I serve this in a glass as a shooter! Brilliant {of course he is, he’s an smarty pants Astrophysicist who in addition to being brilliant loves to cook & cater so that alone warrants a visit to his SITEno *wink wink* - while you’re there be sure to check out his ah-mazing gum paste centerpiece, just WOW } !

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And how much fun are these glasses? I love them! They also served double duty for Limoncello; ) Fantabulous! And even better the Gazpacho can be made in advance! And you can change up the veggies you use, it’s so versatile. Go ahead & go crazy! BUT you need to serve it CHILLED so just leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. If you like to walk on the spicy side you can add more pepper flakes just remember that this gets a little spicier the longer it sits. Don’t say I didn’t tell you. If you didn’t want to serve it as a shooter, you could blend it, leaving some texture and serve it as a soup! You could even garnish it with additional finely diced veggies, but hey I’m really diggin the soup shooter! It’s  oh so snappy!

Baci!


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What you’ll need:
5 slices of white sandwich bread – crusts removed & roughly torn
1 large can of San Marzano tomatoes
1 red bell pepper – seeded & roughly chopped
1 cucumber – peeled & roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic – roughly chopped
2 scallions – roughly chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon – juice of
1 teaspoon Calabrian crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

What to do:
Place pieces of torn bread into a bowl and place just enough water over to cover bread, set aside. Place the bell pepper, cucumber, garlic, tomatoes and scallions into food processor. Drain the liquid from the bread, add bread to food processor and puree. Add lemon juice, olive oil and chili flakes and pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a large bowl or pitcher, add 3-4 cups of water until it’s at your desired consistency. Refrigerate for a minimum of two hours prior to serving.

Note: prior to serving stir gazpacho well and check for seasonings. Adjust if necessary. Serve chilled in a glass or bowl.

Buon Appetito!

29 Comments

  1. 1

    I hate veggies, but I actually love gazpacho! A few weeks ago I made watermelon gazpacho and that was delicious, too!

  2. 2

    Love these (and Twitter)! And, I net the crushed red peppers are a great little kick! ;)

  3. 3

    Your photos are always so perfect! I’m craving gazpacho now!

  4. 4

    absolutely stunning presentation! i love little bites like this…even though i’d still probably have, oh I don’t know, like 20 of them :)

  5. 5

    looks yum, and nice presentation too!

  6. 6

    Thanks for the shout-out Paula :-)) Glad you liked the gazpacho idea, not easy to feed blind folded peeps with soup ehn? ;)

  7. 7

    This sounds so fabulously refreshing! I love the thought of serving the gazpacho as shooters–how fun is that?

  8. 8

    That is awesome!!!! Was just thinking about the same thing today. I have some early Heirloom Tomatoes that I am going to use!!

  9. 9

    Shooters – of soup, dessert, etc. are one of my favorite dinner party props. Gazpacho is so perfect for this – and a great way to prep your guests for the meal to come. Next time you are shopping at the discount store check out the houseware section for shot or aperitif glasses. Pick up one set for you and another to give as a hostess gift along with this recipe.

  10. 10

    So easy to prepare but pleases so many.

  11. 11
    Liesal /

    After living in Spain for a bit during summer, I learned to love gazpacho, but I could never find a good recipe. I can’t wait to try this one!

  12. 12

    MmmMmm Gazpacho Shooters! What a brilliant idea, they look absolutely amazing by the way.

  13. 13

    Hooray – a gazpacho recipe that includes the bread. The word gazpacho was origianally derived from an Arabic word meaning soaked bread.

    I’m looking forward to making this recipe – despite it being winter here the ingredients are available. Super thanks for sharing this.

  14. 14

    A must do – adore gazpacho and am compelled to try every recipe. I love them as shooters!

  15. 15

    Perfect for summer. Love the presentation too!

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    marilyn /

    Looking forward to making this, my husband loves gazpacho, is the adding of the tomatoes missing in the recipe or am I missing it????

  17. 17

    Gazpacho served in shooters… Is it wrong that I kept thinking that a little bit of vodka would be a nice addition? =)

  18. 18

    I want to throw some vodka in that and make it a bloody!

  19. 19

    Gazpacho = Summer ! We love gazpacho for summer and this is such a unique way to serve it. Going to try this for my next pre-dinner course.

  20. 20

    mmmm…I’m sitting in a stifling office in Gibraltar and I could really do with one of those right now.
    Generally speaking, I like more garlic in mine. Occasionally, I substitute cucumber with melon, for a subtly sweeter finish.
    greetings from gib,
    brian

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    LisaWinks /

    How sad is it that I have never tried gazpacho. This might just be the recipe that gets me initiated into the club. So what is the etiquette if they are sooooo good and one shooter is not sufficient? Do you present one per person and that’s it or do you put out more than that?

    • 21.1

      Hi Lisa! Well I say have as much as you like, it makes quite a pitcher full so there will plenty for second, third or more servings ; ) Cheers!

  22. 22

    I love gazpacho (well, guess it’s cause I love tomatoes) but had something very interesting the other night…basically a bruschetta flavored cold tomato appetizer. Very similar ingredients but in lieu of the pepper my guest had included basil and parmesan for flavoring and a bit more olive oil; serving it with slices of baguette on the side instead of underneath – Bet you would love it too!

  23. 23

    Looks lovely… I’ve never been brave enough to try gazpacho… I’m not really sure why, but I think I’ll have to give it a try now.

  24. 24

    This is so great…Wonderful presentation, would be a hit at any party!

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    LisaWinks /

    I made this for a Friday overnight event. Ended up being the wrong group to try this out on. One person out of about 15 had ever tried or heard of gazpacho. I really like it and the other lady that had tried it before liked it. I find it very refreshing and I’m not sad that I have the leftovers for myself! I got basically 3 different types of responses…. would be good with some chips, the texture is weird, they don’t like tomato juice/soup.

    At least now, if it’s ever offered somewhere, I’ll know not to be afraid of ordering it. And I loved how easy this was to fix.

  26. 26

    i couldn’t resist posting about your FABULOUS gazpacho on my blog, i hope you don’t mind. i’m pretty sure i will be making it all summer for all possible occasions :D Thank youuu (ps- and the rest of your recipes are pretty interesting, too!)

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    olivelover /

    This looks SOOOOOO refreshing, and with the vegetables just coming in from the garden, the timing is perfect!

    Thanks for sharing!

  28. 28
    Susan Lind /

    This just looks SOOOOO refreshing, and with the veggies just starting to come in from the garden, the timing is perfect!

    Thanks for sharing!

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