Thursday, 29 September 2011

My Granny's Gaspacho Soup

So the sun has been beating it down in Dublin and I couldn't think of anything more refreshing than some gaspacho soup. My Granny taught me how to make this when I was a kid and I have been making it ever since and we all love it in my house! I know some of you might not like the idea of cold tomato soup, but honestly don't knock it till you've tried it!! :-)

For the soup
1/2 small onion chopped
1/3 cucumber chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 slice of bread -  soaked in water & squeezed
2 tblsp olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
1 litre tomato juice

1-2 tblsp white wine vinegar to taste
salt and pepper

This is the easiest thing to put together in just a few minutes.

Whizz the above ingredients in a blender with just half the tomato juice (so your blender doesn't explode!) until all large bits are broken down.

Pour the soup into a large serving bowl and add the rest of the tomato juice.

Add the white wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

To serve
For the croutons:
Cut some white bread into cubes and fry on the pan with a little oil and garlic and put in a small bowl.

Chop the following & put into individual ramekins:
Red pepper

Finally, add some cubes of ice to your soup to keep it chilled and away you go! Allow your guests to add the little bits as they please!

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