Emeril Lagasse’s Gazpacho

I cannot believe I haven’t shared this recipe until now. THIS is summer in a bowl. Freezes great and one of my all time favorite soups.

Basic Gazpacho

★★★★★

Soups & Stews, Vegetable

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

1/2 pound cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/4 cup good olive oil

12 ounces tomato juice

Salt, pepper, ground coriander

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 lime cut into slices

6 slices toasted French bread

Gazpacho Relish:

2 tablespoons each – small diced red pepper, cucumber, red onion and red tomatoes

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor (except bread and limes), and puree until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours. Meanwhile prepare relish.

Relish: Combine and chill for 1 hour. Ladle out soup into pretty bowls, top with a large tablespoon of relish, 1 crouton, and a slice of lime.

I purée in batches …
My tomato press separates the seeds and skins from the pulp
Chillin’ that first hour in the fridge. Yields about 2 quarts

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