Monday, August 20, 2012

golden gazpacho

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my first attempt at gazpacho was 8 years ago and it was disastrous.
i remember the day quite well. Justin and i had just moved into together and had invited my dad over for dinner. so excited to cook for both men that i love so much i got right to work "Creating" a menu that would be the end of all summer dinner menus. well needless to say, the only thing i remember about that dinner was copious amounts of wine and godawful gazpacho. i assured everyone that it was suppose to be that spicy and super chunky - my dad, the super hero he is plowed through the entire bowl, I am pretty sure all in one bite and without taking a breath - then he told me how mush he loved it (yeah right, okay dad - nice try). it tasted like super spicy cold salsa - i quiver just at the thought of it.

i was in love with the idea of gazpacho, it wasn't until i ordered a bowl of gazpacho from bus boys and poets last April while visiting my sister that i fell in love with gazpacho.

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the gazpacho that i had with my sister was smooth, delicate with just a hit of heat and sweetness.

utter perfection.
i had to recreate this at home.

so, i started off with the basics - yellow tomato, a heirloom yellowish pepper, hot pepper, cucumber, salt & basil.

smoked chipotle paprika & pine nuts were added for interest.

a few red baby Roma's, freshly cracked pepper and olive oil were added for the prettiness factor, along with a touch of turmeric to deepen the golden hue.

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it was even better than i remember.
the combination of the smoky paprika, sweet tomatoes and fiery hot pepper had my taste buds dancing
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extremely easy in preparation, this raw soup is made in minutes all without turning on the stove.
this my friends, is what summer tastes like.
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i love serving this in shot glasses or mini juice glasses as an appetizer for either a sit down dinner or cocktail party. if you are serving in a shot glass there is no need for spoons - simply set on a tray and pass around to your guests or display on your apps table.
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enjoyed at room temp or slightly chilled - this soup can easily be made a day ahead.
short on golden tomatoes? sub in any tomato you have overtaking your garden - sherry tomatoes would even work. i plan on taking this batch with me to the ocean, portable, healthy, simple to eat - the perfect grab and go, eat any where lunch mate.
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Golden Gazpacho
serves 6 as an appetizer or 12 mini shooters

you will need:
1/3 cup tightly packed basil
1 yellow pepper - seeds removed & roughly chopped
1lb yellow tomatoes - cored, seeded & chopped 
1/2 cup baby Roma's or other red tomato - seeded & chopped
1 medium seedless cucumber - peeled and diced
1/4 hot pepper- seeds & ribs removed (more pepper & seeds = more heat)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp smoked chipotle paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 - 1 cup cold water
1 tsp per serving of pine nuts
drizzle of olive oil per serving
freshly cracked pepper
little basil leaves for garnishing

assembly:
in a large bowl add all prepped veggie, basil & seasonings - add water, starting off with a 1/2 cup. with an immersion blender blend until smooth, adding more water if needed. a blender can also be used.

when serving, drizzle with a touch of olive oil, a tsp of pine nuts & a generous amount of freshly ground pepper - a few little basil leaves are a nice added touch.

serve at room temp or store in fridge until ready to serve - i prefer a slight chill so I plate about 10 minutes prior to serving straight from the fridge.

enjoy!


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24 comments:

  1. what a beautiful soup! i've never had gazpacho before, or any desire to try cold soup, but i WANT to try this one. drinking it out of a shot glass sounds especially appealing to me ;)

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    1. Thanks Caitlin! Gazpachi definitely grew on me, when done right it is pretty amazing...Justin still wil not touch this with a 10' pole though :)

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  2. Oh how I love gaspachos. This one looks particularly delicious ! I will try it !

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    1. Thanks Lysa, I hope you do get a chance to try this and if you do let me know how it turns out!

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  3. How gorgeous Heather! I love the colour and your description of the flavours makes me want to whip some of this up to enjoy outside with some wine whilst I enjoy the breeze :)

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    1. I think I will join you for some Gazpacho and that glass of wine :)

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  4. Love the colour of this soup! So sunshiny and bright! :) Looks incredibly delicious. I have to admit...I need to get enough nerve to try a chilled soup. I know I'd likely love a chilled soup, but I cannot seem to get past the fact that it's COLD SOUP. *hah* I think I'll try your recipe for my first attempt at chilled soup. I love all of the flavours you added especially the chipotle paprika and the pine nuts with the fresh tomatoes. Mmmm! :) Hope you are doing well sweetie! xoxo

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    1. Love that- Sunshiny! I hope you do give this a try, another really great chilled soup I had was made with a base of strawberries- so good!

      The chipotle paprika was a fun addition :)

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  5. love those shot glasses and the color! i can never come up with a color palate for my pictures:)
    i am like caitlin, i never feel like having a cold soup. i think i need to try this gorgeous and flavorful creation to change my mind!

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    1. There is one month that I indulge in cold soup - August (unless of course I am at Bus Boy's and Poets!)

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  6. I've had sort of a love-hate relationship with gazpacho too....I used to dread those summer nights when I was younger and my parents told me we were having gazpacho for dinner. I just wasn't a fan of cold chunky vegetables and hated the raw onions the most! I remember one night when my dad made us watermelon gazpacho and I could barely eat it haha....but now that my tastes have grown up, I can appreciate gazpacho for all of its good points!
    I love how you used yellow vegetables to change up the colours, and the pine nuts on top are such a great idea too!

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    1. Oooo watermelon Gazpacho sounds amazing! The pinenuts weere really great, I needed to throw in a little texture :)

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  7. I think I have only tried gazpacho once, and I really didn't love it. I'm happy you attempted it after your cold salsa meal... haha! This one looks lovely. Maybe I will have to try again too. :)

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    1. Hahaha yes I will never live the cold salsa nightmare down :) My tastes are always evolving so I always retry things i may not have been a fan of a few years later to see if I change my mind!

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  8. Golden is right my friend, but not just in colour - this seems so flavoursome and delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. I love gazpacho, but Chris is freaked out by the concept of cold soup so I only have it when I order it in restaurants. I would gladly take a shot (or three) of your gazpacho. I love the pine nut garnish too!

    The color palate in these pictures is gorgeous- I love that plate!

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    1. Hahaha Yeah Justin totally was not on board with the whole "cold soup:" idea, needless to say he passed on this one :)

      Isn't that plate great! Homegoods :)

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  10. oh my gosh this soup is GORGEOUS!! i love that you topped it with pine nuts too! yummy! and awww, your dad is so sweet:) I feel like my dad has done that on many occasions too! haha love the shot glass serving idea! cute!

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  11. Incredible! Gazpacho is one of my favorite simple pleasures of summertime. In fact, I have a gazpacho recipe going up on my blog tomorrow! I love your use of turmeric, chipotle paprika & pine nuts. I will have to try your recipe! Stunning photos too! :)

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    1. It really is a simple pleasure, that is the perfect way of putting it!

      Can't wait to check out your recipe :)

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  12. Absolutely love the colors you have in these photos! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Iris! They kind of remind me of a circus for some reason :)

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