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.

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.

it was even better than i remember.
the combination of the smoky paprika, sweet tomatoes and fiery hot pepper had my taste buds dancing
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.
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.
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.
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

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.




  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 ;)

    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 :)

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

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

  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 :)

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

  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

    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 :)

  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!

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

  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!

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

  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. :)

    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!

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

    Choc Chip Uru

  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!

    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 :)

  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!

  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! :)

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

      Can't wait to check out your recipe :)

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

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


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