Thursday, June 4, 2009

CEiMB: White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds


White Gazpacho has been on my must-make list since January, just waiting for a nice summer day to come around. I was very excited to see the recipe in Ellie Krieger's cookbook, The Food You Crave, and when I was asked to pick the recipe for the first week of June, I had no problems going right to it.  

This was great- very substantial and filling for a soup, due to the bread.  Paul thought the vinegar was essential- I agree, but my favorite part was the cool, sweet grapes cutting the acid and the garlic.  

This is quick and easy enough for a weeknight supper, but I think it's pretty, and a little fancy, which makes it great for company.  

White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds

2007 Ellie Krieger, All rights reserved

Ingredients

  • 2 large English cucumbers (or 3 large regular cucumbers), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 scallions, whites only, divided
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or Sherry vinegar, plus more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons slivered almonds, lightly toasted, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup green grapes, halved

Directions

Set aside 1 cup of chopped cucumber for a garnish. Soak the bread in water until soft, about 2 minutes. Place soaked bread, the rest of the cucumber, garlic, 3 of the scallions, vinegar, lemon juice, 1/4 cup of the almonds, salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and process until cucumbers are completely blended and liquid and almonds are almost completely invisible, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and vinegar, if desired.

To serve, ladle 1 cup gazpacho into a bowl. Mound 1/4 cup reserved chopped cucumber, 1 tablespoon scallions, 2 tablespoons grapes and 1 teaspoon almonds in the center of the soup.

12 comments:

Amy I. said...

Thanks for choosing this recipe, it was my first for CEiMB and a great way to jump into the group! My favorite part was the grapes too.

Pamela said...

It looks very lovely, Lauren. I am sorry that I just couldn't participate this week, though!

Mary Ann said...

Great pick! Our house was a little bit divided about it, but I agree with you. It is gorgeous.

Lauryn said...

GREAT photo!! I am glad to hear that you liked yours!!

applecrumbles said...

We loved this recipe. Great pick ..and I completely agree that this Gazpacho would be a super dish for a small gathering of friends.

Sara said...

Great pick this week, it was light and refreshing! This really is such a pretty dish too, definitely great for company.

nick said...

I don't think we ever would've made this w/o someone picking it. I'm glad you did. I am in the camp that was "meh" about it. Initially I thought I would not like it one bit, but it turned out to be much better than I had anticipated. I think there is great potential here, but it needs to be reworked a bit for my tastes before I'll call it a winner.

Either way though, it was an excellent choice, especially given the time of year (and the 90F+ days we've had here in DC this week).

AJM said...

Cool pick, but I had an equipment failure that prevented me from participating. When the appliance fairy brings me a new blender/FP I am so making this!

Leslie said...

Beautiful! You're so right, this does feel pretty and fancy, and it felt very special to eat this for dinner, just the two of us.

pinkstripes said...

YUM! What a great looking soup. It sounds delicious too.

Liz said...

I didn't participate this week because I know I would be the only one eating it and even I wasn't sure about it, but your picture and description make it seem yummy!

Peggy said...

Yours looks fabulous! I didn't "love" it, but I'm glad I made it. Always like to try new things. :)