Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summertime and the Livin's Easy #3: Gazpacho

There's nothing like an authentic gazpacho on a summer afternoon. This recipe comes from my mother-in-law who is of Catalan descent. It will be perfect for a light lunch after your morning at the beach playing with your Green Toys Sand Set and reading your autographed copy of Note to Self. (Both giveaways are still running!)

Mama's Mama-in-Law's Gazpacho

2-3 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
2 tablespoons aged Sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/2 lbs ripe, red tomatoes, cored, quartered--the quality of your tomatoes will determine the quality of your gazpacho. Homegrown or local farmers market tomatoes are best, ripe, red and firm.
1/2 cup EVOO
Day old baguette (just a 2 to 3 inch section, crusts removed)
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped

Soak bread in at least 1/2 cup of water until drenched, squeeze out water and discard, setting bread aside.

Mince and mash garlic. Mix with bread, vinegar, sugar and half of tomatoes in a food processor until tomatoes are chopped. Add remaining tomatoes and mix until chopped. Slowly add EVOO while mixing and blend until very smooth.

For a very smooth soup, strain through a sieve and discard any solids. Chill soup in a glass container in refrigerator for at least three hours.

Season with salt and vinegar to taste. Garnish with cucumber on top. Serve cold.

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Stefania said...

Dear Mama and Baby,
Thx so much for the wonderful Yoga video to share with Zoe! We love it!
Thx, thx, thx,
Stef and Zoe

Wendyland said...

This looks like the gaZpacho recipe- I'm dreaming of farm fresh tomatoes to make it with!

Meaghan said...

Stef, I'm so glad that you like it! Have fun!