It’s National Gazpacho day, people. Despite the fact that the dish sounds like the last name of your favorite Italian soccer player, Gazpacho actually has nothing to do with kicking a ball around on a field.
I’ll give you a few moments to forgive that terribly awkward introduction to the cold soup.
Anyway, it’s a dish that’s very, very easy to mess up.
Sometimes it comes out tasting like cold salsa or even worse, cold tomato soup from a can. Despite that being exactly what it is, cold soup, there are certain steps you can take to ensuring that your gazpacho packs a little more flavor than the failed culinary attempts of a lazy camp counselor.
A good gazpacho is refreshing, perfectly seasoned, and super hearty without making you feel bogged down after you eat it.
So if you’re looking to take a crack at making your own non-hot soup, this Genius Kitchen Gazpacho recipe is a pretty darn good one to try out.
NOTE: You will need a slow cooker for this bad boy.
- 4cups tomato juice
- 1⁄2cup chopped carrot
- 1⁄2cup chopped celery
- 1⁄2cup chopped green bell pepper
- 2teaspoonsWorcestershire sauce
- 1teaspoon beef bouillon granules
- 1⁄4teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1cup packed spinach
- salt and cayenne pepper
- 1chopped small onion
- 1chopped hard-boiled egg
- 1small avocado, cubed
- garlic-flavored croutons
- Put your tomato juice, carrots, celery, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon, and tarragon in the slow cooker. Cover it up and cook your concoction on the highest setting for 4-5 hours cook on high 4-5 hours. Put the spinach is at the last 15 minutes of cooking so it doesn’t get all mushy.
- Once the slow cooker session is done, put all of it in a food processor or blender and blend it until it’s smooth.
- Season to taste using salt and cayenne pepper. Gazpacho is best served in shallow bowls, so if you’ve got them, put it in that. You can dress them up with chopped onions, eggs, avocados and/or croutons.
There are some other pretty great Gazpacho recipes on YouTube as well. Like this delicious avocado one in case you’re one of those wasteful millennials who can’t get enough of the green superfood.
This classic “Grandma’s” recipe is a pretty good one too, it’s a bit similar to the one I posted above but she elects to use fresher ingredients, so it’s a bit more involved.
You have any favorite Gazpacho recipes yourself? Let us know about them, soup nerds.