Farmers Market Gazpacho Recipe
Gazpacho is a wonderful recipe for making the most of a trip to the farmer’s market. It is perfect on a hot day, and loaded with fresh vegetables. Using fresh, in-season veggies will make it exponentially more flavorful. I tried it for the first time after my trip to the market last Tuesday (YMCA farmers market hours are Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30, through Sept 25th). It was a hit with my preschooler, who is unsurprisingly the picky eater of the family.
At the stand where I bought they tomatoes, they especially recommended Roma tomatoes for gazpacho. They turned out to be a great choice, because they are solid and have few seeds. Since this is all destined for the blender, don’t spend a lot of time on tedious knife work. Just get everything to a size so that your blender can do the hard work for you.
1 1/2 pounds ripe Roma tomatoes
1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped/chunked
1/2 of a red bell pepper, seeds/membranes removed cut in several pieces
1/2 of a small red onion, cut into small chunks
1 small jalapeno, seeds/membranes removed and chopped
1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
juice of one lime
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic salt
freshly ground black pepper
*If you are afraid of the heat from a jalapeno, but still want the flavor, a poblano pepper makes a flavorful and very mild substitute–use half the poblano, which is quite a bit larger than a jalapeno (also seeded, and with the membrane removed) and you can keep it toned-down. A few dashes of Cholula will bring the spice back in to individual servings.
1.) Cut tomatoes in quarters and gently squeeze/finger sweep seeds into the trash. Chop the meat of the tomatoes into a few small chunks.
2.) Put all the chopped vegetables together and puree. It is best if you can cover and chill for a couple of hours, up to overnight.
3.) Garnish with a few leaves of cilantro, a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream, and some diced red onion. Enjoy!
This is an adaptation of Alton Brown’s Gazpacho Recipe available on Food Network’s website at http://www.foodnetwork.com/
Written by Y Member: Melanie Smith-Bell