I’ve found a new favorite recipe from Rachel Ray and I’m sharing it with you. It’s a cold soup (great for summer months) that uses lots of fresh ingredients. I discovered it while trying to figure out how to use up all of my tomatoes.
There are many recipes for Gazpacho, but I found this recipe to be easy to make. It also calls for two of my favorite ingredients: avocados and shrimp. Yum! You can enjoy this cold soup with a salad or bread (instead of the chips). Check out Julia’s recipe for warm bread and Bobbi’s post on how to make a great salad.
For the shrimp:
- 24 large shrimp, butterflied
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 limes, juiced
- 4 cloves garlic, cracked and peeled
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- A handful cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 teaspoon hot paprika or chili powder
- Salt and pepper
For the gazpacho:
- 6 ripe tomatoes
- Ice water
- 1 1/2 cups lightly crushed unsalted corn tortilla chips (optional for topping)
- 1/3 English (seedless) cucumber, peeled and diced
- 1 Roasted red bell pepper
- 1 small red onion, chopped (optional)
- A few dashes of hot sauce, such as Tabasco
- Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 1 avocado, diced
Make sure to pre-heat your grill to get the shrimp to sear. Then place the shrimp in a shallow dish. Puree the remaining shrimp ingredients in a blender ans season with s and p to taste. Pour the marinade over the shrimp and toss together. Let it stand for 15 minutes and then grill until cooked through.
Meanwhile, bring a medium size pot of water to a boil. Score the skins of the fresh tomatoes with an “X” on the bottom. Place a bowl of ice water near the pot. Boil the tomatoes for 1 minute, then shock them in the ice water. Peel the tomatoes and add them to a blender or food processor, along with a small handful of cucumber (make sure to leave some for garnish), roasted pepper(s), onion, hot sauce, olive oil, and s and p to taste. Blend to form a thick soup.
Serve the gazpacho and top with chips, avocado and shrimp.
Let me know what you think of the recipe if you try it.
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