06 Aug Chef TJ’s Simple Spanish Gazpacho
When I think of Summer eats, soup does not enter my mind. I say this because soup, to me, evokes comfort food, cold nights and warm bellies. Obviously Summer is warm enough, who needs soup? Well after today at Donovan’s Dish I have a new found love for cold soups. The thought of them has always been a turn off to me; I mean the point of soup is to be warm right? Well today I got proved wrong. We had a very stylish lunch go out today and on the menu, Spanish Gazpacho. Gazpacho is served cold and at room temp.
I taste tested this Spanish jewel of soups and fell in love with my new Summer treat! How could I have gone this long in my life without ever eating this little fresh flavor bomb? I am now on a mission to sample as many Gazpacho’s as I can in the next few months to see how they stack up against Chef TJ’s. Chef Tj’s is light, with a beautiful cucumber aroma and a slight spice as the finish, it really is soup PERFECTION!
I can’t guarantee yours will come out as good as Chef TJ’s but with his recipe you are bound to have a delicious light Summer soup that will have you and your dining mates licking your bowl clean!
Chef TJ’s Spanish Gazpacho
What you’ll need:
2 lbs. ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 garlic gloves, crushed
5 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/3 cups water (may vary with desired consistency)
3 slices dry bread, crust removed and cut into chunks (Chef TJ uses French
2 tbsp. Cream sherry
pinch of sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 bunch leeks, shaved for garnish
Put the first 5 ingredients into a food processor. Add the olive oil. Pour in about half the water and place the bread on top. Process until thick and smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir is the remaining water. Add sherry, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours.
When you are ready to serve check the consistency and add more water if necessary; Sometimes the bread makes it too thick while it is chilling. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with shaved leeks and enjoy!