Sweet n' Spicy Summer Gazpacho
When I first started thinking about making gazpacho, it was intimidating, but when you make the first one in your life, you will see how easy it is. Don't be intimidated by the fancy-sounding name, as I once was!
** Note ** This tastes best when served immediately after about 2-3 hours of chilling in the fridge.
- red onion
- roasted red pepper
- cloves garlic
- 3 Tbsp
- tomato paste
- 2 tsp
- kosher salt
- handful fresh parsley
- handful fresh cilantro
- 2 Tbsp
- olive oil
- honey, for lacing the top
- fresh basil leaves (one for each serving you make)
How to Make Sweet n' Spicy Summer Gazpacho
- 1Wash veggies and herbs. Let dry. Get two large bowls and a blender ready.
- 2Dice the tomatoes, reserving their juice to the side. (The diced tomatoes should not be really wet). Add tomatoes to bowl.
- 3De-seed cucumber... cut lengthwise; then, down the middle, cut out the seeded heart area. Its OK if you don't get all the seeds out. Dice cucumber and add to bowl.
- 4Dice tomatillo, red pepper, red onion and garlic; add to bowl.
- 5Finely chop the parsley and cilantro; add to bowl.
- 6Get out your blender and another large bowl. I do about three batches at a time. Ladel in the vegetables, a tablespoon of olive oil, tablespoon of tomato puree, teaspoon of salt, and squeeze in half the lime. Puree / blend until smooth. Pour into bowl and repeat step with next batches.
- 7*****Some people like gazpacho textured, and not completely blended. Make the consistency to your liking. I like a smooth gazpacho, so I leave mine blending for quite a while.
- 8Your last batch will probably be a smaller one, so you don't need to add the olive oil, salt or lime to it.
- 9Mix gazpacho, cover and let chill 2-3 hours. (If you chill overnight, the taste will be less sweet, and more spicy). When take it out to serve, give it a good mix.
- 10When serving, use small cups. Lace the top with honey, and add basil leaf. The basil is not just for garnish; it adds a wonderful flavor that I like to save at the end for the last "bite"!