Real Gazpacho from Spain
lbs ripe juicy tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1⁄2 an onion, white type not sweet
1 green sweet pepper
1 cucumber, about 6-7 inches long
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1⁄2 tablespoon salt
1 cup virgin olive oil
1 piece French bread (3-4 inches long piece)
Rinse well the tomatoes,take off the stems.
Peel the garlic clove.
Peel the onion, chop in 3-4 pieces.
Rinse the pepper, get rid of any single seed, chop coarsely.
Peel well the cucumber, no green left.
Place the piece of bread in a bowl with water in order to soak it. Once soaked, put all water away, squeeze the soaked bread with your bare hands as much as you can and set aside.
In a good blender or food processor (I have a German marvel called Thermomix) put the tomatoes (previously cut in 4-5 pieces each), the garlic, onion, pepper, cucumber, squeezed bread. Add remaining ingredients and crush all up at the highest speed and power your machine can work. No temperature please! Go on until no minimum little piece of anything can be noticed when you try the gazpacho. It must be creamy and with some consistency, not watery like. Pour it in a jar or bowl and let it chill in your fridge. The chilliest the better. Do not freeze! Serve it in bowls as a first course for any meal.
Always try the cucumber before adding it. If it is sour, your gazpacho will be ruined.
For the best results, use Spanish (from Spain, Europe) olive oil. Italian could suit, but believe me ours is much better, though not so well known.
Keeps well in fridge for a week, guess it won't last you a day, so good it is!
Pairs Well With
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