i really like gazpacho, but the Hubs isn’t a fan of cold soup, so i’ve never made it. this looks so good though, so i’m thinking I might make it for myself and eat it for lunch throughout the week :). gotta love those vacation promises!
Yes, Heather- make it for yourself! Those of us with partners who have strange (?!) food preferences need to make sure we still treat ourselves well. We ate this for a couple of days after, holds up well.
For the croutons, I used the same bread that was in the soup, cut it into tiny little cubes, and fried them in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. They are really good.
you hit the nail on the head! I love the idea of gazpacho (and the experience of eating it in spain didn’t hurt either) but I would get so bored so quickly with it when I made it. Can’t wait to try this one….
Gazpacho is eaten in southern Spain and Portugal, too. Different regions will have slightly different recipes; there is one version that does not process the vegetables completely into purée and some vegetables float (a bit like a cold minestrone soup but without the beans and cabbage!). I love all variants! Cheers!
Every time I hear or see the word Andalusia I think of the band The Pixies and then I start singing “Debaser” (in my head, of course). Oh, the soup…It’s a work of art. I love how the garnish is arranged.
Ugh! I am studying abroad in Sevilla right right now and I haven´t even had gaspacho yet. The draw of free food in my homestay has kept me out of the restaurants. I´m not really allowed to cook for myself, but oh if I were, I´d be at the Triana market in a heartbeat!
(If you have any specific Andalusia recommendations, other than gaspacho, I would love to hear them! Read them! One of those!)
Thanks so much (for this post and this blog and any response!)
Thanks so much! I made a special trip to the farmers market this morning just to get the ingredients for this. I used all different colored tomatoes so it turned out to be a little pink. But it tastes wonderful :)
Mitch like Bryan does not enjoy raw tomatoes, but like you he ate Gazpacho every day in Spain. He claims that even in Andalusia each bowl was different. I have tried a number of recipes at home (all different and all Andalusia-style!) and he has enjoyed them. Even when they call for whisking the ingredients, I give them a toss in the blender then we add the diced vegetables and homemade croutons for garnish. This for someone who does not like raw tomatoes and often doesn’t enjoy soup!?
I’ve fallen fast and hard for gazpacho these past two years, after a lifetime of keeping it at arms length. My love thus far is chunky and pebbled, but I”m suddenly intrigued by a smooth alter-ego. Dog-earing for next summer….
I’m really excited about this recipe for a few reasons: 1) it’s strangely hot here, 2) I love gazpacho, 3) the recipes I’ve tried that use bread have, honestly, turned out brown and very, very odd. So I’m really looking forward to trying this one. And you’ve also introduced me to my new long-distance bakery crush: Floriole. Never been…dying to go. Because of you, I now stalk them from half-way across the country :)
Long time, no comment! (I’ve been reading all of your postings though; welcome to the “tomato lovers club”! I love tomatoes even when they’re underripe; have you ever had fried green tomatoes? So delicious!)
Anyway, I digressed there for a minute. I was looking for a cold soup to serve as a starter course at a family bbq this Sunday, and this gazpacho sounds heavenly. Could you please tell me how many people this will serve? And how many days in advance can this be prepared? Another great recipe for tomato lovers like us!
ex-Montrealer- thanks for commenting! hmmm. I think that soup made about 6 servings. It you leave the garlic out, you can make it a day or two in advance, maybe three. With the garlic in, I felt like it was only good for about 24 hours. The garlic starts to overpower. I LOVE green tomatoes. And fried green tomatoes are one of my favorite things ever. BUT, funny you should say that- check out this recipe for green tomato gazpacho that I shot for Bon Appetit. It is SO good: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/quick-recipes/2011/09/green-tomato-gazpacho And sounds perfect for you!
Tim, did anyone ever tell you how great you are to reply to people’s comments and queries? I’ve read other people’s food blogs where all sorts of questions are thrown out, and the “blogger” hasn’t ever replied. So good of you to reply, and so quickly too!
Thanks for all of the info; I would definitely add the garlic since I think garlic, along with tomatoes, just makes all savory dishes taste better. (I’m also with you on your love for cheese–yummy!) However, I have a sister who will not go within a thousand feet of a garlic clove–I’m only exaggerating a little bit! So I might have to leave it out and then I’ll be able to prepare the soup in advance.
Took a look at the green tomato gazpacho. It looks and sounds good, but it lists a 1/2 jalapeno twice! I don’t know if that’s a typo, or if it’s meant to be really spicy…We “Canadians” aren’t as into chili, jalapeno or other hot peppers as much as Americans (and Hispanics) are. I would love to learn how to cook some really great Mexican, or other Latin American, foods. And learn some Spanish to go along with that, while I eat the tamales at that farmer’s market in Chicago you recommended (Green City Market?)!
yes, there is a little bit of heat to the gazpacho- but it is still pretty mild. You could just use half the amount and it should work, even with your Canadian palate. When I make that gazpacho in advance, I add garlic to the half we are going to eat that day and then leave the other half without garlic. When I go to eat the other half, I’ll add a little minced garlic, and let it sit for 10 minutes to flavor.
Hello Tim! I discovered your website thanks to it being voted best food blog of 2012 on Saveur.com. I love how your recipes have a touch of advanced skills but are “doable” for the amateur cook willing to learn (I think I will with your recipes!). I live in Madrid and HAD to comment on the gazpacho – it’s perfection! I eat it all year round, I can’t say no to it. My favorite part is when they offer to add directly to the soup chopped pieces of onion, red pepper and cucumber. YUM. I used to dread cooking but my new year’s resolution (one of many…) is to improve my cooking skills, but I was overwhelmed with where to start. Now I know!! Your recipes will be my guide and I’m pumped :) Thank you! “Saludos” from Madrid!
I made two gallons of your Gazpacho for my gallery photo show opening this past Saturday.
I served it in little five ounce cups as Gazpacho shooters. It was a hit–so much better than a typical veggie tray that is served at gallery openings. Several people asked for the recipe. The flavor definitely improves over night–not that it needs to be improved. Thank you.