PREP: 10 mins – TOTAL: 10 mins
- 4 to 5 slices stale artisan bread, crust removed
- 5 large ripe tomatoes, about 2 pounds
- 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 green pepper, cored, seeded, roughly chopped
- 2 green onions, trimmed, roughly chopped, more for garnish
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional if you like spicy
- Pinch sugar
- Small handful fresh mint leaves, torn or chopped
- Small handful fresh cilantro leaves, torn or chopped
- Place the bread slices in a bowl with ½ cup of water. Let the bread soak while you work on the tomatoes. Squeeze the bread to ring out any water
- Place the tomatoes in a large pot of boiling water for 40 seconds or so. With a slotted spoon, remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and let them cool for about a minute or so. When they are cool enough to handle, gently peel the skins off.
- In a large food processor or blender, place the tomatoes with the cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, green onions and garlic. Top with the soaked bread. Pour ½ cup extra virgin olive oil and the sherry vinegar. Run the processor for a few seconds then add the salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper (optional) and a pinch of sugar; blend.
- Test the gazpacho and if it’s too thick, add a little water and blend again until you reach the desired texture.
- Transfer to a glass container or large canning jars. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator.
- When ready to serve, give the gazpacho a quick stir then transfer to serving bowls or small glasses. Top with olive oil and a garnish of fresh mint, cilantro and chopped green onions, if you like.
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