For those of us who enjoy pairing food with beer, this is a worthy go-to, easily adaptable to whatever fresh produce you have in season. A simple twist on the classic Gazpacho Andaluz most folks are familiar with, this recipe is a nod to Mexican-American heritage in San Diego, CA. Bonus: Instead of soaking the bread in water, I use Cerveza. This dish is usually paired with a Ginger or Lemongrass Kölsch styled homebrew. —atwarwithin
25 2oz shots
White Wine Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Canola Oil works too, shhh.)
Fresh Squeezed Key Lime Juice
Low or No sodium Bean or Veggie broth
Tomatillos (husk removed!), quartered
Small Mexican Squash, coarse chop
Jalapeño Peppers, seeded, coarse chop
Cilantro, course chop
Small Green Bell Peppers, coarse chop
Small Cucumbers, peeled, (seeds optional), coarse chop
Cloves of Garlic, peeled, halved
Medium Brown Onion, large dice
Telera or Bolillo Rolls, crust removed if possible
Bottle of Negro Modelo, or Dos Equis Amber
Garnish and Crema
Avocados- Hass are the norm, but Bacon are my favorites.
In a large bowl: place your 2 bread rolls, crust side down, and pour the beer on top. Let these sit until soaked through.
Open the other bottle of beer. Take a sip, or a drink if you're really thirsty.
Place all of your chopped veggies except for the cilantro, in a large bowl. Pour the lime juice and vinegar over everything and let sit.
While the two bowls are sitting, sauté your onion and garlic with only a bit of salt. Allow to cool before adding to the mix.
Take another sip of the beer. Add the bread to Blender or Food Processor. You will have to work in batches to blend everything together.
Blend in Cilantro, Broth, Oil, Cumin, and Salt to taste. Add the cooled Onions and Garlic, blend until almost smooth. If you've blended two batches, make sure to fold them together in a large container to incorporate all the flavors.
Finsh your beer (or open another one), you've just made Green Gazpacho! This can be made up three days ahead of time, and served from a pitcher into the shot glasses
For the Crema topping:
Mix the Sour Cream (or Yogurt), Key Lime Juice, Cumin, Paprika, and Salt with a whisk, or a fork if you don't have a whisk. Taste it. That is delicious.
For the garnish:
When ready to serve:
Use some Cilantro leaves, Diced Avocados, Sprinkle a little paprika or cayenne pepper for heat.