Andalusian Gazpacho Soup

Andalusian Gazpacho

Andalusian Gazpacho Soup

Let me tell you guys, it’s been hell hot here in Southern Spain lately. It seems that cicadas are the only ones enjoying the swelter and spirited, are singing relentless during the hottest hours of the day. I think cicadas and unbearable heat go hand in hand…And because heavy food and cooking are the last things I think and desire these days (beside the cicada singing) I thank heaven for the famous Andalusian Gazpacho Soup. There are infinite recipes for this simple but yet delicious and refreshing liquid salad (as my husband calls it).  Some use carrots, some stale bread, apples or even watermelon and cherries. I think the secret of this recipe is the use of very fresh and organic ingredients. I like to keep it simple but nobody says you should do it too.

Ingredients:

2 lb. (1 kg) of  very ripened tomatoes (soft ones work the best)

1 medium Italian green pepper

half of a medium size cucumber (peeled)

small sweet white onion

2 medium cloves of fresh garlic

1/3 cup (75 ml) virgin extra olive oil

1/4 cup (50 ml) white vinegar

salt & pepper

Preparation:

Wash well all the vegetables

Cut the tomatoes in quarters ( I personally submerge them in boiling water and peel the skin off before)

Clean the seeds and the white membrane of the  green pepper chop it coarsely

Slice the peeled cucumber (don’t forget to try it for bitterness before)

 Quarter the small onion and garlic

Add all the ingredients above + oil, vinegar and spices  in a powerful food processor or blender

On highest speed of your machine process the  vegetable until everything becomes liquid

For an even more silkier Andalusian Gazpacho Soup, I prefer to strain it in a mash strainer so all the seeds, and pepper skin left from processing are eliminated

Refrigerate overnight – the colder the better!

Notes:

Some creativity is allowed in Gazpacho soup preparation

You can add some stale bread softened in water, a medium apple or a big slice of watermelon (the red part only)

In the past years more and more young chefs are preparing cherry gazpacho, a great variation of this traditional Andalusian soup.

Cherry Gazpacho Recipe

 

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