Written By Holly Brooke Edibles / Recipes / Soup Sep 2, 2015 Gazpacho: A Glorious Late Summertime Spanish Soup SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestGazpacho is a cold, tomato-based soup that originates from the Andalusia region of Spain. Earlier versions of gazpacho dating back to the 1500s (before tomato seeds were brought from South America), were typically made from crushed almonds, water, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and stale bread for a creamier, white soup. The bread was moistened with water and a little olive oil then crushed by hand with a mortar and pestle, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Cold gazpacho was a refreshing source of nourishment and helped to quench the thirst after a long day’s work in the hot sun.Today, there are many variations on the classic tomato- and bread-based gazpachos. The white version (ajo blanco “white garlic”) is delicious with fresh green grapes. Watermelon is also a refreshing base for this soup.Fresh, healthy, and easy to make, the crisp, zesty flavours of gazpacho are perfect for summertime. It’s a great dish for entertaining guests since it requires no cooking and can be made well ahead of time. Because it’s served chilled, gazpacho is a great choice as an appetizer or in contrast to spicier, hot dishes.If you’re a gardener and end up with a surplus of tomatoes, make gazpacho. This soup is all about garden fresh and is bursting with flavour. Garnishes can include finely diced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and some fresh herbs like parsley, basil, and thyme. A few plump shrimp, or some crisp corn tortillas and some sliced lime are great toppers as well. Gazpacho in Victoria Gazpacho at Red Fish Blue Fish in VictoriaDuring the summer months Red Fish Blue Fish serves a refreshing, house-made gazpacho. The recipe was introduced to the menu four years ago and is increasingly popular with customers. Manager John Camilleri says, “We sell tons of hot chowder, and we wanted to have something light and refreshing on the menu for summertime, with just a little bit of heat to it.” The flavour is crisp and citrusy with a little sweetness and a hint of spice. It’s an excellent appetizer to any of the hot menu items like fish and chips or the signature tacones. Each serving comes with a crispy corn tortilla and sells for $3.00 with the option of adding baby shrimp for an additional price.Red Fish Blue Fish, 1006 Wharf Street, (250) 298-6877Website Make it at home:Traditional Gazpacho AndaluzPrep Time: 15 minServes: 4 to 6 Ingredients:2 pounds vine ripened tomatoes (2 ½ cups, chopped)2 thick slices day-old bread1 green or red pepper, cored and de-seeded1 medium cucumber, peeled1 small onion1-2 cloves garlic2 tablespoons sherry vinegar1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oilSalt and pepper Optional Garnishes:Sliced avocadoFresh herbs (basil, thyme, parsley), finely choppedHardboiled eggBaby shrimpTortilla chips or croutonsSlices of lime Instructions:Quarter the tomatoes and remove the stem. Tear the bread into large chunks. Peel and roughly chop the onions and garlic. Roughly chop the pepper and cucumber.Combine the tomatoes and bread by putting all the bread pieces into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Squeeze the tomato quarters over the bread then add them to the bowl. Let this sit for about 20 minutes to give the bread time to absorb the tomato juices and soften (if you prefer a thinner gazpacho, omit the bread and continue to the next step).Pulse the tomatoes and bread until blended. Add the pepper, cucumber, onions, garlic, vinegar, and a half-teaspoon of salt. Process continuously until the ingredients are liquefied and fully pureed.Note: A food processor will make gazpacho with more texture; a blender or immersion blender will make the gazpacho smoother.With the blender running, stream in the olive oil. This helps it emulsify more evenly into the soup.Taste and adjust seasonings—add more salt, pepper, or vinegar to taste. If you’d like it thinner, blend in a little water.Transfer the soup to a storage container and refrigerate until chilled. Serve the soup with preferred garnishes.Adapted from the recipe on the Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores Gazpacho Variations Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta CremaWhite Gazpacho “Ajo Blanco” Shrimp Gazpacho SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Holly Brooke Holly Brooke is a true B.C. gal. Having lived on the west coast most of her life, except for several years in the Kootenay's where she canoed and fished and lived in a tipi, she's very much at home outdoors and in the kitchen. ... Read More You may also like Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 Sopa Paella Try the iconic Valencian dish as a hearty fall soup brimming with seafood and chorizo. We were going through a heat wave in Victoria when I ... Read More Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 It’s a Pancake Day! That crisp edge in the fall air stirs up a craving for comfort that sometimes only a stack of hot pancakes can deliver. So get your cast-iron pan ... 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