Friday, August 30, 2019

Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

I had lunch with my aunt last week, and was lamenting the fact that I almost had more tomatoes than I could handle. Every day I was having some form of fresh tomato, and while I thoroughly enjoyed every dish I’d made with them, I was growing weary of tomatoes. She happened to mention a recipe for gazpacho that she enjoyed, that, it turned out, was conveniently located within the food-stained pages of one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, St. Louis Days St. Louis Nights. I looked it up, and, using it as a guideline, was off and running. Magnificent! I used a variety of toppings, and, depending upon my mood, used everything from chopped chives and chopped parsley, to homemade croutons and feta, to sour cream and pesto. You can’t mess this up; it is an excellent, tasty, and cooling way to start any meal.
Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

1 clove garlic, cut into quarters
Melissa’s shallot, peeled and quartered
½ fresh red or green bell pepper, cut in half
½ cucumber, peeled and quartered
4 large tomatoes, peeled and quartered
½ t. salt
¼ t.
Melissa’s Lemon Pepper
1 T. good olive oil
3 T. red wine vinegar
1 c.
Cucumber Dill Bloody Mary Mix

Place all ingredients as haphazardly as possible into the work bowl of a food processor. Blend until thoroughly combined, 10 to 15 seconds.

Chill and serve topped with the garnish of your choice. (Here I used sour cream, basil leaf, a small slice of cucumber, and ground
Melissa's Red Hatch Chile Pecans.)

Serves 8 (Unless you’re me, and then it only serves one.)

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Linda said...

Would you believe I've never been interested in nor had gazpacho? I would eat this one if you placed in front of me!
Isn't it wonderful to have too many tomatoes!

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

My husband really enjoys gazpacho but usually it is so time consuming or has bread in it. I have a similar recipe using V-8 juice maybe I'll surprise him and make it for the weekend. Thanks BTW- I love your photography - everything looks amazing.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Linda, it is time that you tried gazpacho. It is like summer in a bowl.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Judee, this goes together very quickly, and because it employs the use of a food processor, you can get fairly reckless when it comes to cutting things up.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

YUMMM! I love gazpacho!