Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gazpacho -- Barefoot Bloggers

Our second Barefoot Bloggers recipe for June is Ina's Gazpacho, picked for us to try by Meryl of My Bit of Earth, thank you Meryl! I am not really a fan of cold soup but was excited to give this a try.

Ina Garten's Gazpacho

1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded (I used green)
4 plum tomatoes
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
23 ounces tomato juice (3 cups)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not over process!

After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.

I halved this recipe and it still made a ton. Even though cold soups aren't my favorite, this soup was wonderful! I was so surprised to like it, I can't wait until it sits overnight and the flavors can mesh together a little more. My littlest loved it, the older two didn't want to try it, and I really can't blame them because I remember not wanting to try gazpacho when I was a child either. Now I am looking forward to trying more gazpacho recipes and experimenting with additional veggies, yum!


Anonymous said...

YUM! Your soup looks delicious. I love the colors.

Debinhawaii said...

Your soup looks great. Glad you liked it--I think gazpacho is the perfect summer soup and you have to love how it gets better after it sits in the fridge too.

Natashya said...

Looks great Andrea, congrats for stepping out of your comfort zone.

Leslie said...

This one was quite the surprise! I think yours looks delicious and refreshing. I have a little in the fridge here at work for my snack, now I can hardly wait!

Wok Through the Fire said...

Such a pretty bowl. Soup looks great :)

Michele said...

This looks fantastic! I am just making mine now.

Penny said...

Your gazpacho looks wonderful. I loved mine and it does get better with time.

Meryl said...

So glad you enjoyed it!

Me! said...

Great job! I agree it made a ridiculous amount of soup. I made a full batch and will probably end up tossing half or so of it.

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