Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gazpacho with Shrimp and Dried Roma Tomato made in my NEW Vita-Mix I found in a Thrift Store for $35!!

The Roma Tomatoes are ripening quickly and it is that time of the summer when the heat index is over 80 degrees everyday and a cold soup it more than perfect!I started with a nice collection from my garden today!

I used about 5-6 cups roughly chopped tomatoes, 1 cup cucumber, 1 small green pepper, 1 mild chili pepper, chopped fresh parsley, 2 Tbs. Walnut or Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp. Vinegar, Salt, and Pepper. You can add any combination if veggies but use about 3X more tomatoes than any other veggie. I used regular white vinegar but I know people use Wine or Sherry Vinegar. Gazpacho is so great because you can use whatever you have around. 

I whizzed this tomato mix up in my deal of the century Vita-Mix that I bought at a Thrift Store for $35 the other day. This bad boy retails for about $500+ and came with the grain grinding bowl too! I can not believe my good fortune!  You can use a regular food processor or a regular blender too. The Vita-Mix has a super powerful motor and whizzed up the entire 6 cups of chopped veggies

It is best to let the soup chill over night because it actually improves with age! If you are in a super hurry and need to serve it right away you can place in a bowl of ice to chill quickly.

Pour into pretty bowl and float a couple shrimp and sun dried tomatoes. You can float crabmeat or lobster too with huge success. Serve with a great big Silver Spoon and Voila! Super delicious during hot weather. Kind of like a great liquid salad. Serve before the main course. Some people use very small serving bowls or cups!

I love taking things I just picked in my own backyard garden and turning them into something super healthy and delicious. Happy Cooking!

Kind Regards, Melissa Abbott