29 June 2009

Recipe: Refreshing Easy Gazpacho!

Carpaccio and Cucumber Gazpacho 2Gazpacho Version with Cucumber Image by Marco Veringa via Flickr

From Denny: In this triple digit summer heat wave we all could use something cooling like gazpacho - and it's so healthy! Did you know that tomatoes alkalize your blood? Did you know that cucumbers and tomatoes both cool your liver that in turn cools your body in this heat?

Varieties of gazpacho are practically endless. Here's one faster convenience food version that uses that yummy Spicy Hot V-8 juice that does most of the work for you.

Summertime Gazpacho

From:Culinary Secrets” by Margo Bouanchaud Hayes and Mary Ann Monsour (featured in the Comfort Food From Louisiana Amazon store, just click on the title)

Makes: 6 cups

Ingredients:

3 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

3 cups Spicy Hot V-8 Juice, divided

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I've used bottled lemon juice and haven't died of embarrassment from it)

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

1 cup peeled and finely chopped cucumber

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Garnish:

Avocado, peeled and cubed

Sour cream (I find no-fat version just as tasty)

Directions:

1. Process tomatoes and garlic in bowl of food processor.

2. Gradually add half of the V-8 juice and process until smooth.

Then add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and vinegar.

3. Pour mixture into another container, and add the bell pepper and cucumber. Stir well.

4. In batches, purée about three-fourths of the mixture until smooth. (Leave the last fourth unprocessed to have the contrasting texture).

5. Mix in the remaining V-8 juice, combining with the puréed batches and the unpuréed. Season to taste.

6. Serve well chilled, garnished with avocado and sour cream.

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