Gazpacho

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Typical Spanish gazpacho includes stale bread, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, wine vinegar, and salt. However, a gluten free variation omitting the bread works perfectly well.

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
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Dietary guidance: v v n g d 

Tags: soup · side · vinegar · cucumber · sherry · melon · castillo ·

Ingredients

-3 slices day old bread, crusts removed. We recommend Best Buns baguette or Rustic Italian.
-2 pounds vine-ripe medium tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
-2 small cucumbers, seeded and coarsely chopped
-1 red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and coarsely chopped
-1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
-2 garlic cloves, chopped
-2 cups tomato juice or water
-1 tablespoon sugar
-1 tablespoon Spanish sweet or smoked paprika
-Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
-1/4 cup Ah love sherry wine vinegar or Cucumber Melon Balsamic Vinegar
-1/2 cup Ah love extra virgin olive oil; we recommend Castillo de Canena Piqual
-1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
-1/2 lemon, juiced

Method

-Soak the bread in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes, and then squeeze out the excess water.

-Place the bread in a blender or food processor; add the tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then puree the ingredients just until smooth, but still chunky. Pour the vegetable mixture into a large bowl; stir in the tomato juice, sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, vinegar, oil, parsley, and lemon juice, stir just until combined.

-Refrigerate the soup for at least 2 hours until very well chilled. Gazpacho gets better as it sits. Season the gazpacho again with salt and pepper before serving.

-Gazpacho tastes wonderful when served in chilled bowls. Arrange your garnish assortment in little dishes so your guests to choose their own.
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For garnish, use any or all of these to "personalize" your gazpacho:
•Chopped tomato
•Chopped cucumber
•Chopped bell pepper
•Chopped onion
•Chopped hard-cooked egg
•Lemon wedges
•Ah love Cucumber Melon Balsamic Vinegar

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