That Spanish Classic – Gazpacho
Gazpacho is a perfect option when it is too hot to eat, you’re hungry and you need something refreshing. Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and is served chilled. It’s origin is hailed as being from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It is widely eaten in Spain and neighbouring Portugal. It is extremely popular during the hot summer months as a refreshingly delicious option for lunch or a light dinner. This one is not skimpy on flavor and will leave you utterly satisfied.
Tapas, Tapas, Tapas
This Tomatillo Gazpacho is one of the offerings at The Cellar – Tapas, Beer and Wine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Cellar is where I work and have the pleasure of working with Chef James Duke. He is the man behind this remarkable bowl of chilled perfection. James is one of those rare individuals who has a gift for combining flavors and textures. I’ve worked with a lot of Chef’s in my day and they pale in comparison. James has an innate ability that continues to rock my tastebuds with all his delicious combinations of mouthwatering flavor, flavor, flavor.
Recreating a Classic
We have always featured a regular gazpacho on the menu, but recently this tomatillo version made its way on to our list of current farm to table offerings. It has an unbelievable combination of flavors that you will really appreciate on a hot summer day. What makes this version a little different from the one we offer is I opted to top it off with some optional crunch. I like serving it with sliced radishes, diced cucumbers, fresh cilantro, a drizzle of Spanish olive oil and lots of freshly cracked black pepper.
This deliciously refreshing soup takes just a few minutes to put together. If you want immediate gratification, you can flash chill it. For the very best tasting results though, you will want to let it sit for a bit and let it chill and develop to perfection. This is so that all those wonderful ingredients meld together and produce that incredible depth of flavor that Chef James is renowned for in these parts. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing.