Sunday, July 8, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper Gazpacho

I've never had chilled soup.  I have to admit I was super skeptical.  So refreshing!


2 oven-roasted red bell peppers
2 large ripe beefsteak-type tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1" pieces
1 small onion, chopped
2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups tomato juice
1 slice day-old whole wheat bread, crust trimmed
1 tbsp. white-wine vinegar
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 c. finely diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely diced red radish
1/2 c. finely diced seeded cucumber
1 hard-cooked egg, chilled and finely chopped


To roast the peppers: cut the peppers in half lengthwise, brush with oil, and bake on a baking sheet at 425 degrees until soft, 30 minutes.  Place peppers in bowl, cover, and let steam 10 minutes.  When cool enough to handle, remove the skin and seed the peppers.

Whirl the roasted peppers, tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a blender or food processor until pureed.  Pass the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl.  Discard the solids.  Return to the blender or food processor.

Add the juice, bread, and vinegar.  Whirl until the soup is smooth.  With the motor running, drizzle in the oil until well blended.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Pour the gazpacho into a container, cover, and refrigerate for 8 to 25 hours to chill and allow the flavors to meld.

Divide the soup among 4 bowls.  Place the green pepper, radish, cucumber, and egg in individual small bowls and pass them to add to the soup.