Is the name given to the preparation of a soup made with tomatoes, its characteristic is to be served cold, well seasoned, which gives it the taste and freshness, can accompany with salads and slices of bread fried with olive oil.
“Word of Arab origin, it means” bread soaked. ” In its best-known form, it is a soup typical of the Spanish region of Andalusia. It has some variations, but is generally made from raw tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, cumin and red pepper pulp, with the following trimmings: small green and red peppers, onions, cucumbers, boiled eggs And bread cut into cubes fried in olive oil with garlic. Must be served cold. This soup has its roots in an earlier Lusitanian soup, from the region of Galicia, known since the 10th century, which was cold ingested at the intervals of work in the field. It was made with bread, garlic, olive oil and condiments. Tomato was only added after the 16th century, when it appeared in Europe. The cucumber and the onion, only after the eighteenth century. “(GOMENSORO, 1999).
How to prepare tomato soup – Gazpacho!
Yields for 4 people, preparation time 20 min and 4 hours cooling.
Cold tomato soup
800 g very ripe tomatoes
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
1 red bell pepper
1 small cucumber
50 ml of water
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
salt and pepper
Optional: 1/2 baguette
2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Prepare this soup, to be served very cold, at least 4 hours in advance. Put the tomatoes in hot water, then peel. Also peel the onion and the garlic. Open the peppers in half, remove the seeds and rinse. Cucumber uses the bark and part of the saucer, divide it in half and remove the seeds.
Then cut into small pieces all these ingredients by gradually placing them in a container. Add salt and ground pepper, add 50 ml of cold water. Put everything in the blender, add the oil and vinegar. Put the mixture in a bowl.
Store in the refrigerator 3-4 hours.
Before serving, roughly chop the ice (a dozen ice cubes). If you do not have ice crusher, you should wrap it in a clean cloth and put it on a countertop, and you will crush it with a roller. Add crushed ice to the soup.
Cut a dozen small slices of bread, fry in a pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Will use this bread to accompany the gazpacho.