The Americanization of Gazpacho -- sounds like a book title, but no, it's another one of those stories of the success of the immigrant transformed into a recipe. Inspiration in food often starts with a rigidly raised ancestor -- the Gazpachos of Spain. A quick look at Wikipedia reveals an ancient history of the "salad-soup" going back to Roman times, 12th century appearances -- and defines it as tomato based. Precedent to introduce the classic base to avocados, chile peppers and cumin, all in the interest of a delicious bowl. At my house, this made a light supper on a late spring night, with cornbread baked in a cast iron skillet and well aged Cabot Cheddar. —susan g
What You'll Need
greenhouse cucumber, or pickling cuke
1 1/2 tablespoons
lime juice with pulp
10 oz. can Ro-tel Chunky Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
yogurt (regular, not Greek-style)
Cut peppers, celery, cucumber, shallot, garlic in rough dice. Chop in the food processor. Cut cilantro roughly, pulse in the food processor with the other vegetables.
Mix oil, vinegar, juice, spices in serving bowl, add chopped vegetables, contents of the Ro-tel can. Cut the avocado in small dice and stir into the bowl.
At serving, top with a good spoonful of yogurt. Mixed in or not, it adds another dimension to complete the flavor.
If it is made a few hours ahead, the chile taste will infuse the dish. It is good the next day, but will be more liquid.