Recently, my long-time blogger friend Liz, of That Skinny Chick Can Bake posted a delightful Gazpacho recipe which made me immediately crave this summer sensation! Liz’s recipe took her back to her childhood when her dear Mom recreated the recipe on a summer car vacation to Aspen after having it at a favourite restaurant. My recipe isn’t quite as romantic, in fact, it has no history nor does it conjure up childhood memories because cold soup in a Hungarian household is Sour Cherry Soup, a delicious soup made from European Sour Cherries in a lightly sweetened syrup, yogurt and cinnamon — it is delicious but it does not come anywhere near the complex flavours a Gazpacho has. Each vegetable contributes a certain aspect and my proportions are intentional. Some gazpachos are onion heavy so I used a very small French shallot, and I didn’t use garlic this time, I wanted a mellow flavoured soup with depth. Liz chose tomato juice or V-8 which adds a lot of flavour, I went with plain ordinary vine-rippened tomatoes and water — you could use a veg stock instead. I like a smooth soup so I press it through a fine sieve several times, I find the tomato seeds and the red pepper skin adds a little too much texture, and I do blend for several minutes a few times to get as much out of the pulp as possible. I loved Liz’s crouton garnish, because it adds such texture and interest but we’re going light this week and omitted it. Thank you Liz, your inspiration was perfect timing as we’ve been having 35° C (95° F) with high humidity.
To see more chilled soups that I created in the past, please click below:
- Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho Scented with Almond with Basil and Mint,
- Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho with Watermelon Cucumber Salsa
- Gazpacho – Chilled Tomato Soup with Raw Vegetable Salsa
- Chilled Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Warm Sesame Crusted Goats Cheese Balls
- Green Pea and Basil Soup, chaud ou froid (hot or cold)
- Cold Avocado Soup with Cilantro Oil
- Chilled Caramelized Vidalia Onion Soup with Gruyère Brûlé
- Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup
A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe
Makes 1.5 L strained soup (about 4 servings)
- 300 g Red Pepper (Capsicum)
- 125 g celery
- 140 g zucchini
- 100 g radish
- 120 g cucumber
- 15 g shallot
- 25 g avocado
- 430 g vine ripened tomatoes
- 500 mL water
- 1 tsp salt
- 40 g sweet corn
- 40 g cucumber, finely cubed
- 40 g celery, finely cubed
- 5 g cilantro, chiffonade
- zest of one fresh lime
- splash of lime juice
- sea salt
- Chop everything roughly and add to a large 4 L bowl. Blend with a stick blender (immersion blender) until smooth.
- Press through a fine sieve and blend the remaining pulp with about 500 mL of the strained soup, press through a fine sieve again. I usually repeat twice to get the most out of the pulp. Discard pulp (or compost) and refrigerate strained soup for a couple of hours.
- Combine sweet corn, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice and salt, stir well. Top each bowl with 1 tbsp of the salsa just prior to serving.
- I used about 2 large mint leaves, 20 basil leaves and 4 parsley sprigs.
- Avocado would be an excellent addition to the salsa garnish.