Gazpacho playa!

Picture this: We’re in Spain; we’re dying to try some authentic Spanish food; and we’re broke. We have spent the last four days traveling in the craziest circumstances (you can see the whole trip here) and now all we want is to have a modest picnic lunch. We buy a cheap bottle of red wine (still delicious because we’re in Spain), some manchego cheese and some bread. This meal still doesn’t seem complete. Walking a few more steps we see a sign at a café, “Gazpacho para llevar” (“to go,” cost: 3 euro). Sold!

We spend the next few hours underneath the Arc De Triomf (did you know there was one in Barcelona too? We didn’t.) We enjoyed wine and cheese along with what became our new obsession: gazpacho.

Back in the US I tried (and failed miserably) to recreate the flavors we had so enjoyed in Barcelona. Then one day, while visiting Boston, a Spanish friend of ours picked up a bunch of tomatoes at the farmer’s market and announced he would be making gazpacho tonight and would we like to join him? Heck yes, we would. The taste? The same. The process? Mine at last!

Thanks to a super special holiday gift of a food processor, I decided it was finally time to make it myself! Below is the method I used:

4 tomatoes, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 red onion, 1 cucumber, 2 cloves of garlic, the juice of 1 lemon

Chop it all up, then blend it, adding a few tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puree the mixture until it's smoot

 

Strain carefully and patiently

 

 

 

 

 

Yes it must be strained! Don’t pout, it’s worth it. You can even strain in twice if you like it to be super smooth. We like a little texture, so once is plenty for us! Afterward let it chill overnight for maximum flavor!

The next day we decided to turn this gazpacho into our very own walk down the Spanish lane:

I got some Spanish wine down at the local shop.

And we indulged ourselves happily.

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4 responses to “Gazpacho playa!

  1. Ellen Friedland

    Sounds yummy! Tomatoes, peppers, red onion, cucumber, and lemons are on my list for the next trip to the market!

  2. Gazpacho is one of the best and lightest dishes for summer. You might also want to try another healthy variation, White Gazpacho.

    Ingredients:
    200 grams peeled almonds
    200 grams bread crumbs
    one egg
    Three cloves of garlic
    Three cups of water
    Olive oil
    vinegar
    Salt and pepper

    Preparation:
    Peel and crush the garlic. Place it in the blender with bread soaked in water and drained. Add the almonds, the egg, a little vinegar and some olive oil. Blend it to a smooth paste.

    Once the mixture is perfectly homogeneous, begin to gradually add the cold water. Mix well, add a little more oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and keep in the refrigerator until its chilled.

    Decorate with chopped parsley and serve!

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