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Sat Jul 28, 2018, 10:36 AM

Gazpacho for people who don't have a garden

Get a hydroponic cucumber, a green pepper, a small red onion and a head of garlic. Get a 28-oz can of Hunt's diced tomatoes and a big jug of V8. You probably already have some olive oil, red wine vinegar, hot sauce and s&p.

Cut the cucumber, pepper and onion into small dice, 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Smash a few cloves of garlic (depends on how spicy you want it to be; I usually use 4 or 5) and mince them. Put all this into a big metal bowl (metal because it will get cold faster). Dump in the tomatoes and V8. Put in a couple of splashes of hot sauce--don't overdo it because people can add more at the table--and s&p to taste. Here is the important part: be generous with oil and vinegar--start with about 1/4 cup of each, then taste. You should get a good vinegar tang, so add more if you need to.

Chill overnight.

I hear that real gazpacho is thickened with bread crumbs but I don't believe it.

You use hydroponic cucumbers because they are virtually seedless and are pretty straight, which makes it easier to dice them. I happen to grow cukes in my garden, but I won't use them in my gazpacho because they are too much work. Ditto tomatoes, because I don't want to have to blanch and peel them (1); (2) it takes a lot of them because they are watery and have seeds you have to get rid of and (3) I'd rather eat tomato sandwiches with my garden tomatoes.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2018, 10:48 AM

1. Yum, thanks!

I lost all my recipes a few months ago, long story, and haven't gotten around to trying to rebuild the library yet.
And I love tomato sandwiches!

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2018, 10:55 AM

2. Thanks!

My recipe is similar, food process cuke, garlic, scallions, green pepper with one tomato in food processor. Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, red wine vinegar to one can low sodium tomato juice. Add veggies and mix. Refrigerate.

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Response to iamateacher (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 28, 2018, 12:00 PM

4. That does sound easy

No dicing! My food processor isn't capable of producing little chunks; it's big chunks or (forgive me) vomit texture. I used to make it in the blender. I think I attain some kind of zen state doing all the dicing.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2018, 11:37 AM

3. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds great and pretty simple. I do like my lettuce and tomato sandwiches.

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