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Last week I asked for tried and true recipes for gazpacho. Lori (cooktocook) shared her recipe which she has been using for 30 years. I wanted to serve this on Sunday, so I made it on Saturday to allow for all the flavors to "marry." It was a big hit with all 6 of us. I will make this again and again this summer. I served it in chilled bowls, and it was really refreshing and tasty. I doubled the recipe and it was enough for 8 generous bowls of gazpacho. The only thing I changed was replacing the tomato juice with V8. I used 3 cups of regular V8 and 3 cups of Spicy Hot V8 for a total of 6 cups of juice (remember I doubled the recipe). This gave enough spice without having it overpower the rest of the soup. Everyone agreed it was perfect! Thanks, Lori for sharing.
Here is the recipe as posted with my changes in parentheses.
3 c. tomato juice (I replaced with V8 - half original V8 & half Spicy Hot V8)
3/4 c. chopped celery
3/4 c. chopped cucumber
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
2 T. parsley
3 T. wine vinegar
2 T. olive oil
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 t. worcestershire sauce
Dash of garlic salt
Combine all ingredients. Cover and chill for several hours. (I usually let it sit a day before enjoying). The colder it is, the better it is.
Lynne, where ever I take this, it's a real big hit, but the biggest fan of this refreshing soup was my dear father. Even though Mom made this exactly as I did, he always requested me to make it for him. LOL
If you try it, I hope you'll like it. Maybe you too will consider it a keeper, like our family has for 30 years.--Lori
Lynne: I have this in my fridge and I love it. I just have one question: Did you run yours through the blender? I left mine chunky and my DD said that she thinks I should have blended it because she thought Gazpacho was smooth. I like it with the chunks of veggies, though I did leave out the celery as I am not a big fan. I think it is more of a texture thing. But, if I am supposed to puree it, I will definately add the celery as I am ok with the flavor.
I've copied this one to try when the veggies are ready. It sounds wonderful. Lori & Lynne (& Stacey) thanks for the recipe and the review.
Stacey, I did not put it in the blender. I liked the texture of the small chunks of veggies. I debated putting half in the blender and leaving the rest in chunks, but I'm glad I didn't. I think it is like you said, a texture preference.
Lynne, glad your tried my gazpacho and found it to be a keeper. Thanks for the review.
Stacey, my family and I like the texture and crunch of the veggies, so we do not blend it.
Tasty, by all means take full advantage of the availability of all the beautiful vegetables to make this delicious soup. With the hot weather upon us, a cold soup is a pleasing change of pace.
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