Cheffzilla’s Gazpacho With a Kick

1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and quarteredgaz
Bottled non-alcoholic Bloody Mary mix (like Mr. & Mrs. T’s)
V-8 vegetable juice
2 cups cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped, divided
1 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper, divided
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 small jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed, and minced
2-4 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 cups crusty sourdough bread, 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonadePreparation:
Place the bread cubes in a large bowl, add 2 cups warm water, cover the bowl and soak for 2 minutes, drain well.
Press the tomato quarters through a sieve to extract as much of the juice as possible and then add enough Bloody Mary mix or vegetable juice to bring the total to 1 cup.
Place the tomatoes and juice into a large mixing bowl. Add the 1 cup cucumber, 1/2 cup bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, garlic clove, olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire, cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture and the soaked bread to a blender and puree for 15 to 20 seconds on high speed. Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Cover and chill for 2 hours and up to overnight. Garnish with with chiffonade of basil, serve with bowls of the remaining cucumber and bell pepper, a black-pepper grinder, and a bottle of red pepper sauce such as Tabasco or Sriracha.

The recipe doubles extremely well.

Serves 4

About Cheff

Lancaster Eats highlights the best resources our community has to offer. From farmers to markets to vendors to retailers, we highlight those members of our wonderful food community who are striving to improve the presence of the commercial and retail food industry for all the citizens of Lancaster. The food we eat and drink is important to every single one of us, and we believe that everyone is entitled to safe and healthy food and drink. We hope to engage the citizens of our city and county who care about the food we eat and the environment in which we live. We know there are many people in the community who are doing wonderful things that benefit the people of Lancaster, as customers and consumers. We hope you will let us know who they are so that we can learn and inform those who eat and drink. That, as we know, is all of us. We are all in this together. Let's build a community.

Posted on July 16, 2013, in Recommendations. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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