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Mealtime Monday: Gazpacho

 

Gazpacho is a vegetable soup from Spain. It's a great summer food because it requires no cooking and it is eaten cold. (You can read more about it here.) I've tried it twice before and been unhappy with the results, but I love the idea of it so much I'm willing to keep trying once in a while.

This time, I made it from this recipe. This particular recipe doesn't call for the inclusion of stale bread. It leaves the vegetables chunky, which I prefer over a puree.

I followed the recipe with only one modification, which was to include some ground kielbasa sausage in order to add some substance to what is otherwise just vegetables. I chose kielbasa because it's said to be a good substitute for Spanish chorizo, which my market didn't have. (Spanish chorizo is a cured sausage much different than Mexican chorizo.) The stale bread called for in many recipes would probably be another way to make it more filling. Adding some cooked rice or pasta right before serving would also help. (I'm guessing that the pasta or rice additions, and probably the sausage, are completely inauthentic.)

I wonder if the "large tomatoes" I used were bigger than the author's. I had too many vegetables for my food processor, so I had to process them in two batches. I wound up with quite a bit more soup than the predicted 4-6 servings.

I ate it with the addition of some sour cream, and it's delicious. I'm going to add this recipe to my personal cookbook.

 

 

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