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a refreshing cold soup, spanish gazpacho is flavored with roasted peppers, smoked paprika and sherry.
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Spanish Style Gazpacho

Cool, creamy and refreshing, this Spanish gazpacho is made for summer.. and summer entertaining!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 4
Calories: 375kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, halved, seeded and grated
  • ½ cup roasted pequillo peppers I used Melissa's
  • 4 slices toasted sliced white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 4 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1  to 1 ½ Tbsp. sherry wine vinegar   to taste
  • ¼ cup canola oil or ½ spanish olive oil and half canola
  • salt and white pepper to taste

Garnish (optional)

  • 4 oz. manchego cheese
  • 2 - 3 oz. Serrano ham
  • 4 bamboo skewers

Instructions

  • Seed the tomatoes and, using the large holes of a box grater, grate the tomatoes over a large bowl, making sure to catch all the juices.
  • Transfer the tomatoes to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the pequillo peppers, bread, garlic, almonds and 1 Tbsp. of sherry vinegar. Season with salt and white pepper. Blend the soup for about 3 minutes until finely pureed. With food processor/blender running, drizzle in the oil.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Refrigerate until cold and serve.

For garnish, cut manchego cheese into ½ inch cubes. Slice serrano ham into ½ inch wide strips and fold strips into ½ inch wide squares. Skewer a cube of cheese, a piece of serrano ham and another cube of manchego cheese. These can be made several hours ahead, covered and refrigerated.

    Notes

    ou can of course skip grating the tomatoes and just puree the whole tomato. I prefer the texture of the soup without the skin. Grating the tomatoes allows you to remove the skin without having to put the tomatoes into boiling water to peel them and preserves their fresh flavor. You can of course, blanch the tomatoes and peel them if you wish!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1260IU | Vitamin C: 30.6mg | Calcium: 315mg | Iron: 1.4mg