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#1 of 7 Old 09-05-2002, 03:12 PM - Thread Starter
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Need a way to use up the bounty of your garden/local farmers market?

I look forward to this time of year because I love love love gazpacho! Please share your recipes- mine is pretty basic, I've seen plenty of fancy ones but this is my own special comfort food:

2-3 cucumbers, peeled
lots of tomatoes- maybe 4 big or 6 small
1 red onion
1/2 vidalia or white onion
1/4 cup cilantro
2 red peppers
4 cloves garlic

Vegetable juice- I use very veggie but V8 will work too
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Set aside 1/2 cuke, 1/2-1 tomato, 1/2 onion, 1/2 red pepper.

Chop the rest of the veggies into large chunks, and mince the garlic. Add the veggies, cilantro, and garlic to the blender in batches, adding 1/2 cup of veggie juice and pureeing until smooth. Do this until you have used up all of the veggies, placing the pureed veggies in a large bowl.

Finely chop the veggies you set aside and add them to the soup.

Add olive oil (maybe 1/4 cup), a splash of balsamic vinegar, a dash of tabasco (0r more if you like it spicy) and salt and pepper to taste. Stir and serve at room temp or chilled.

Yummy- we serve this with crusty bread and goat cheese. I could drink it out of the bowl I like it so much!
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I printed out your recipe it looked so good.
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Thanks I was just wondering what to do with all my tomatoes. I hve red and yellow which with thw onions and cucumbers ahouls make a lovely and yummy gazpacho. I have been craving thia forever, don't know why I didn't htink of it

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i LOVE gazpacho!!! i especially like the way they make it in spain, which is like your recipe, only when they blend it up they add about a half cup of crusty dry bread or croutons or bread crumbs, this makes the texture different--and to me-- a lot nicer. now i make mine this way too. you might try it next time and see what you think!
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Have you tried roasting everything in the oven before making the soup? A friend of mine taught me this, and it's so awesome! I just throw tomatoes, peppers, onions,garlic on a cookie sheet and roast them for about 20 minutes. If I don't have time, I roast my peppers and chilis over a flame and use the rest raw. Also, I like to add a good amount of lime juice to mine.

Thanks for the reminder! I know what I'm doing for dinner tomorrow!!
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I use green peppers instead of red; DH doesn't like cukes, so mine it's pretty much tomatoes, onions, peppers and lotsa garlic... plus the olive oil and little vinegar. I've never used veggie juice, nor cilantro, though.
I like to chop some avocado at the end, and ditto for the bread crumbs, mary ann.
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Maryann- I'm going to try the bread thing this week.

And I'll try roasting the veggies next week SoHappy.

The avocado idea is a great one too, sadly I am allergic to avocado, though every few years I get up the guts to see if they still make me sick- I tried again a few months ago and they still make me awful sick (but I thoroughly enjoyed eating it!).

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