Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spicy Gazpacho

Lamp chops, eggs benedict, banana pancakes, oatmeal, chocolate croissants, baked beans, roasted tomatoes and this is just breakfast for us.  I think I grossed myself out just now remembering all the things I ate.  You know how cruises go.  As soon as I got home Sunday from our trip, all I wanted to do was eat something cleansing, light, and flavorful so I thought of making gazpacho.

Makes about 6 servings

2 lbs vine ripened tomatoes cut into chunks
1 green bell pepper seeds removed and cut into chunks
1/2 large English cucumber cut into chunks
1/2 jalapeno pepper with seeds, roughly chopped (use 1 whole jalapeno if you want it very spicy)
2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
1/2 c water
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs Alessi white balsamic fig infused vinegar (you can use regular white balsamic vinegar if you cannot find this)
2 tsp sea salt

In a food processor, first blend the tomatoes (your food processor might overflow if you do everything in one batch so I broke it into two).  Pour the tomato mixture in a big bowl.  Then blend the rest of the ingredients in the food processor.  Mix the first and second mixture together in the big bowl.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled.  

I used an English cucumber for this gazpacho because they are seedless and you don't have to peel them.  Less work for me!  I also used a white balsamic fig infused vinegar because it has a sweet, fruity, soft acidity.  It added just enough zing without overpowering the taste of the dish.

If you don't want to make this spicy, you can add in the whole jalapeno pepper without the seeds.  The seeds is what makes a jalapeno so spicy.

I can eat bowls and bowls of this and not feel guilty at all.  Love dishes like that!  It's perfect to eat on a hot summer day.


Misherr said...

This looks delish!! I love tomatoes on vine! Did you eat tomatoes at Europe? They taste SO much better there, I ate tomatoes at every country lol

Monica said...

I didn't get a chance to try fresh tomatoes in different places in Europe so I couldn't tell but we did try Greek yogurt in Athens. I don't understand how because we tried the Fage brand but it totally is better there!

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