summer’s super soup
Dave does not like cold soup. Something about it just seems wrong to him. Seriously?! I mean, it’s gazpacho, what’s not to like?!
- First off, it’s soup, for goodness sake. Soup = Love!
- It’s full of tomatoes. Tomatoes = Yum!
- It’s over 100 degrees outside: Cold Refreshing Soup = Smart!
- It’s called gazpacho = Fantastic word to say, especially if you say it in your sexiest Antonio Banderas voice!
Obviously, I love gazpacho!
I made it for the last class of my series and brought home a container of leftovers. At dinner the next night, I made a bowl for myself and said to Dave, “I’m having gazpacho, would you like a bowl?”
“No, thanks”, he replied. I went about putting together our plates and as I was doing so, he suddenly noticed that there was shrimp topping my soup. “Oh, I’ve changed my mind, I’ll have a bowl”, he said.
Really? All it takes is a couple little shrimp for you to change your bad attitude over cold soup? He ate the entire bowlful. Whatever, men are exasperating!
I know that the long laundry list of ingredients looks intimidating, but if you look more closely, you’ll see that after you’ve chopped the first 4 key ingredients, it’s just a matter of dumping in the rest … well, except for mincing the jalapeno, garlic, and herbs. But really, it’s not as daunting as it may look. Tip: There are several duplicate ingredients in the soup and creamy avocado topping – chop them at the same time and divide for dual use.
Gazpacho with Creamy Avocado and Smoked Paprika Shrimp
1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, finely chopped, divided
1 English cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
1 small onion, peeled and diced, divided
1 of each; red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, cored, seeded, and diced, divided
14-ounce can peeled plum tomatoes with juices
16-ounce can V-8 tomato juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons each; minced fresh cilantro, Italian parsley, oregano, and basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pound ripe avocados, cut in half lengthwise and pitted
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sour cream or plain yogurt
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Gazpacho: Combine half of the chopped tomatoes with half of the cucumbers, onions, and red, yellow, and green bell peppers in the bowl of a food processor with the canned tomatoes, and puree on high speed. Combine the remaining half of the chopped ingredients in a very large bowl. Add the pureed vegetables, the V-8, and all of the remaining ingredients and stir well to blend. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours.
Shrimp: Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and then the shrimp and saute until just cooked through, about minutes. Remove shrimp and place in a medium bowl, toss with smoked paprika. Set aside at room temperature to cool or cover and refrigerate if done ahead.
Mashed Avocado: Just before serving, prepare the avocado. Using a large spoon, scoop the avocado in a medium bowl and mash with the back of a fork. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix until blended and creamy.
To serve, ladle the soup into small bowls, top each with 2 tablespoons of the mashed avocado and garnish with the shrimp.