8/23/11

Veggie main dishes: Gazpacho

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I am trying to redefine my definition of a main dish. Usually I have considered the protein-containing dish the main dish. But why not veggies? I can serve the protein as a side. Cheese cubes, chicken salad, a bit of poached chicken, or even a glass of milk would do.

This gazpacho is perfect for using veggies that are in season right now: cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers. It's also highly flexible, so you can use what you have. I like to serve this with good crusty bread, like boule from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes or Jim Lahey's no-knead bread. Or you could use French bread from the store; it's yummy too.

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Gazpacho
  • 4 cups tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Chop vegetables small. Combine all ingredients. Let sit at room temperature until serving.
(Adapted from this recipe.)

2 comments:

  1. Definitely going to be trying this! We have tons of tomatoes, plus Jon and I love soups. Thanks for sharing; we've been trying to incorporate more veggies in our diet too.

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  2. Hi from Spain,
    Here's our recipe:
    - a big loaf of bread (from yesterday, and passed under water)
    - almost a cup of olive oil
    - a little cup of common vinegar
    you pass it through the minipimer
    - 3 or 4 red tomatoes
    - a third of cucumber
    - a tooth of garlic
    - half onion
    - a third of italian green pepper
    - a third of red pepper
    - salt
    all mixed again, and add cold water and mix it again
    :D

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