Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 3 lbs tomatoes, cored (about 6 medium)
- 1 small cucumber, peeled, halved, and seeded
- 1 medium green bell pepper, halved, cored and seeded
- 1 small red onion, peeled and halved
- 2 medium garlic, peeled and quartered
- 1 serrano chili, stemmed and halved lengthwise
- kosher salt
- 1 slice bread, crust removed, torn into 1-inch pieces
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for garnish)
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar, plus extra for garnish)
- 2 tablespoons parsley (chives, or basil leaves, finely minced)
- ground black pepper
- Roughly chop 2 pounds of tomatoes, half of cucumber, half of bell pepper, and half of onion and place in large bowl. Add garlic, chile, and 1½ teaspoons salt; toss until well combined. Set aside.
- Cut remaining tomatoes, cucumber, and pepper into ¼-inch dice; place vegetables in medium bowl. Mince remaining onion and add to diced vegetables. Toss with ½ teaspoon salt and transfer to fine-mesh strainer set over medium bowl. Set aside 1 hour.
- Transfer drained diced vegetables to medium bowl and set aside. Add bread pieces to exuded liquid (there should be about ¼ cup) and soak 1 minute. Add soaked bread and any remaining liquid to roughly chopped vegetables and toss thoroughly to combine.
- Transfer half of vegetable-bread mixture to blender and process 30 seconds. With blender running, slowly drizzle in ¼ cup oil and continue to blend until completely smooth, about 2 minutes. Strain soup through fine-mesh strainer into large bowl, using back of ladle or rubber spatula to press soup through strainer. Repeat with remaining vegetable-bread mixture and 1/4 cup olive oil.
- Stir vinegar, minced herb, and half of diced vegetables into soup and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours to chill completely and develop flavors. Serve, passing remaining diced vegetables, olive oil, sherry vinegar, and black pepper separately.
- Note: If kosher salt is not available, half the amount of table salt can be used.
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