Gazpacho Soup

How about a nice cold gazpacho soup? Who would want to eat cold soup? Well, think peasants in hot southern Spain, which is where this refreshing dish originated. It is also eaten in Portugal and Latin America. It is one of my favorite Spanish foods.

Dating back to Roman times, it is thought that the Moors introduced this soup to Andalusia and Portugal. Originally made of bread, olive oil and water, fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers were added.

There are many variations substituting avocados, grapes or watermelon for the traditional tomato base.

It is a perfect dish for children; easy to prepare and nutritious. Kids particularly enjoy floating the diced garnishes in the colorful soup.

My mother visited Spain in 1967 and tried the traditional Andalusian version, which was delicious. The chef was kind enough to give her the recipe and she makes it every summer. I am glad to share it with you.



Recipe

  • 8 Large ripe beefsteak tomatoes
  • 2 Small peeled cucumbers
  • 1 Red pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Diced small onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Slice of bread with crusts removed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Garnish
  • 1 Handful croutons
  • ½ Cup diced red peppers
  • ½ Cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ Cup diced peeled cucumber
  • ½ Cup diced onion

  • Cut tomatoes into chunks and liquify in blender. Add, in batches as space allows, the cucumbers, pepper, onion, oil and bread.

    Mix together and add salt and pepper. Pour the mixture in batches through a sieve or food mill to remove seeds and pulp. It should be smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

    Serve in soup bowls. It is nice to serve the garnishes in small separate bowls and let each person choose “toppings”.

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    Spanish Vocabulary List

    Soup La sopa
    Tomatoes Los tomates
    Cucumbers Los pepinos
    Red peppers Los pimientos rojos
    Onions Las cebollas
    Bread El pan
    Olive oil El aceite de oliva
    Salt La sal
    Pepper El pimiento
    To cook Cocinar
    To eat Comer
    I am hungry. Tengo hambre.
    Breakfast El desayuno
    Lunch El almuerzo
    Dinner La cena
    Paella La paella



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