Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Gazpacho


This is perfect on a hot day when you don't feel like cooking. You must have really ripe tomatoes and the whole thing takes a few minutes in the blender. Hey, you could add vodka and it would be the perfect Bloody Mary too!
You will need:



The recipe can be pretty flexible in amounts. I made enough for two.

  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 3 mini English cucumbers (peeled) or maybe 1/2 regular sized English cucumber
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 onion (white or red)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped rough
  • 1-2 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper (tomatoes can take lots)
  • fresh lime juice
  • fresh basil
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh chives
  • fresh cilantro
  • 4 shakes Tabasco sauce (hot sauce)
  • 3 shakes Worcestershire sauce



Use fresh ingredients


Step 1: in a blender add chunks of onion, cucumber and  red pepper. Mix well so you do not have big chunks of onion or pepper. 


Step 2: in a saute pan on low heat cook garlic and olive oil for a few minutes to take away some of the harshness that is in the fresh. Before it starts to brown remove and add to the blender.


Step 3: add all remaining ingredients to blender. Blend the mixture well to make sure there are no lumps. Taste it. Adjust salt and pepper, hot sauce and lime. Leave in fridge or on counter for at least 1 hour to improve.


If you like a thinner gazpacho add some tomato juice but I like it as it is. Serve with some nice bread and a drizzle of your best olive oil.

EASY!!




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