I love this recipe for 2 reasons. First off, it uses salsa for the tomatoes. When tomatoes are not at their peak, this is a fantastic substitute, You can also use a mix of fresh tomatoes and salsa when the tomatoes are at their best. And second, this recipe uses croutons for the thickener. I don't use white bread but I always have fat free whole grain croutons on hand. They are also all natural so the seasoning is a nice addition to the finished product.
I made this recipe today, a Sunday, so that I can have it for lunch this coming week. The only changes I made were, I used Italian parsley in place of the cilantro (used what I had on hand) and omitted the cumin and added extra fresh garlic. I also used a blend of salsa and fresh tomatoes. Yummy!! I love gazpacho and this will be one of my favorite go to!!!
2 changes but utterly great!
I used fresh bread and then used extra garlic and Italian seasoning. Too much salt in the garlic croutons. But the texture was the same.
Second, I took CC's review advice and added some vodka. My friend also uses vodka in his gazpacho, so I figured why not.
I did use a mix of balsamic and red wine, but you mentioned either or. Again, that did not alter the overall taste. I also roasted my peppers too as you mentioned. Very tasty very good.
It was wonderful. I made it for our V'day party and served it in shot glasses. It was a hit. It would be a great summer soup, or pretty much any time of the year.
Thx Kitten for a nice recipe.
Kitten, I can't believe I stumbled upon a recipe that has not been taste tested by the masses. It's an honor to be the first! Fantastic indeed. The only substitutions I made were to use both tomato juice and Bloody Mary mix (had to use it up!) and 1 T balsamic and 1 T red wine vinegar. It's a little thick for my taste so I added more chicken stock, not much.... then I go to thinkin', why not thin it out with vodka! :wink: It's outstanding and I cannot wait to serve it to my husband tonight. Perfect for a HOT summer night. We are gazpacho snobs and this rocks! My fab husband LOVED it too! I added 2 slices of avocado and a cap full of vodka to the top before serving. Seriously, I did. Be sure to try the avocado, yum! P.S. It makes 8 cups.