This month for our healthy recipe, we’ll look at two different ways to make Gazpacho Soup.
If you are a fan of films by the famous Spanish movie director Pedro Almodovar, there’s a good chance that any time you hear someone mention Gazpacho Soup, you probably think of one of his films. If so, you are not alone.
Pepa’s Gazpacho Soup Recipe
In fact, we found an online video recipe for Pepa’s Gazpacho Soup. It’s based on the Gazapacho Soup concocted by Pepa (played by Carmen Maura) which plays a pivotal role in the convoluted plot of Almodovar’s film Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios. (Our recipe is minus the sleeping tablets of course!)
That’s a good, simple version of classic Gazpacho.
Smoked Paprika Gazpacho Recipe
We also tried a fancier version, called Smoked Paprika Gazpacho, which is based on a Rachel Ray recipe. This one has a very complex flavor, one that you might enjoying trying. It makes about six servings and it’s very high in vitamin C. But watch the salt content, especially if you are on a low sodium diet. In that case look for tomatoes and tomato juice with no added salt.
|Diced Fire-Roasted Tomatoes||1 28 ounce can (or two 14.5-ounce cans)|
|Tomato Juice (or V8 Juice)||1 cup|
|Vegetable Broth||3 cups|
|White Bread||2 slices, torn|
|Celery||4 small ribs, chopped, from the heart|
|Red Onion||1 medium red onion, chopped|
|Roasted Red Pepper||3 roasted red peppers, chopped|
|English Cucumber||1/2 cucumber, chopped|
|Fresh Garlic||1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped|
|Sherry Vinegar (or Dry Sherry)||2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or dry sherry|
|Lemon (or Lime)||Juice of 1 lemon or 1 lime|
|Extra-virgin Olive Oil||2 tablespoons|
|Sweet Smoked Paprika||2 teaspoons|
|Salt||Season to taste|
|Ground Black Pepper||Season to taste|
|Jumbo Shrimp (optional, for dipping)||6 – 12 Jumbo Shrimp, cooked and chilled|
|We’ll start with the main ingredients. Combine the main ingredients in a large bowl.
Using a spoon, mix them up a bit so the ingredients are evenly distributed before we use the food processor or mixer. We’ll do this in three batches.
Scoop out a third of your main ingredients and pour into your food processor or mixer.
Blend until smooth. Transfer to a large pitcher.
Repeat processing the two remaining batches.
Stir the mixture in the pitcher to make sure it’s evenly combined.
Give it a taste.
If you used salted tomatoes or V8 Juice, you probably won’t need to add salt.
Otherwise add a bit of salt and then add ground pepper to taste.
Gazpacho is best served chilled, so you might need to cool it down in the refrigerator.
Serve in a bowl, glass or dessert cup, or pour over ice in a tall glass.
Add the optional shrimp, either on the side or on the side of the serving bowl or glass.
Fire-Roasting your own Tomatoes on a Gas Stove Top
You might enjoy roasting a couple of your own tomatoes to add a little home-made pizzazz to Gazpacho Soup recipes. Did you know you can skewer whole raw tomatoes and roast them over the gas flame on your stove? It’s basically the same technique as toasting flour tortillas on the open flame, or preparing poblano chiles on the gas stove for chiles rellenos, again over the open gas flame on the stove.
But unless you’ve got a lot of tomatoes on hand, it’s probably more convenient to buy fire-roasted tomatoes already prepped in a can. In the recipe list above we’ve linked to the Muir Glen brand, it’s organic and gluten-free. Target and other local retailers carry it.
What about Purchasing Spices in Houston?
If you happen to be shopping for vegetables at Canino’s on Airline just east of the Houston Heights, you should make a stop across the street at Flores’ Spice & Trading Company (2520 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77009). Like Penzey’s Spices in the Heights (516 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008), Flores carries at wide selection of spices if you need to stock up.