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Recipe: Jorge’s Refreshing Summer Gazpacho

The UK has been going through a bit of a heatwave recently, so windows are open, fans are on, summer dresses are in rotation and dinners are light!

Jorge makes one of our favourite meals for this time of the year: cold and refreshing Spanish gazpacho. He agreed to don his apron and let me document the process for you, so if you’re looking for some food inspiration on a balmy evening, this is a quick and easy recipe for mains or an appetiser and is great for lunch the next day too.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Ingredients:

  • 7 or so tomatoes, skinned and seeded
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 cucumber, roughly peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Handful of parsley
  • A baguette – second day is best!
  • A splash of olive oil
  • A splash of vinegar
  • Few pinches of sea salt
  • Water

For toppings (all cut in small pieces):ย 

  • Serano ham
  • Manchego cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Onion

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Tear off a few pieces of baguette and soak in a bit of water.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Peel the tomatoes.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Remove the seeds (Jorge did this easily by placing them under running water).

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Place in a blender and add the baguette.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Chop in your onion.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Peel the garlic and toss this in as well.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Roughly peel the cucumber. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Chop into big chunks and add to the rest of the ingredients.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Remove the seeds from your pepper and chop into large chunks. Add to the rest.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Toss in a handful of parsley.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Add a splash of vinegar and a splash of olive oil.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Blend everything together until it’s nice and smooth and put into the fridge for a while. You’ll want to serve it cold rather than room temperature.

In the meantime, you can chop up your toppings. Cut the onions into small pieces.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Do the same with the cucumber.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Chop up small chunks of cheese.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

And, the best part – the serano ham. Jorge used scissors to cut ours as it’s much easier than a knife.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Gather everything together and, when the gazpacho is cold, serve it up and toss in some topping of your choice.

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Gazpacho Recipe, Little Observationist

Enjoy!

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristin Sadler
    July 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Ahh…the Master chef is at work again. Looks delicious and how great to have a soup recipe for summer! It was almost 90 here yesterday so I will put this on my list to make soon.

  • Reply
    Diana Mieczan
    July 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Yummy! I just sent this recipe to Balazs and we will be making your gazpacho very soon. We made a few different types before but never with using a baguette the way you guys did – so I’m very excited for this:) Btw: love the photots and wishing you both a jolly good day. xoxo

  • Reply
    Candyce
    July 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Gorgeous pics and easy to follow. Love it Steph and Jorge!

  • Reply
    Art Farm
    July 8, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Mmm! This sounds fantastic, Steph! I love the suggestion of topping it with Manchego and great tip for getting out seeds. I find that such a pain. Hope you’re surviving the heat in London!!!

  • Reply
    shohail
    July 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Yum Yum! So many ingredients. Can it not be simplified a little bit.

  • Reply
    Food Friday: Enjoying the Heat?
    July 10, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    […] If you have ever longed to live a charmed life in London you should visit this highly entertaining blog: http://www.littleobservationist.com/ Ex-pat Stephanie travels, takes excellent envy-inducing photos, wines, dines and gets to preview the Royal Chelsea Flower Show among her many London adventures. It is one of my favorite blogs. This is a recipe she shared this week when her husband prepared Jorgeโ€™s Refreshing Summer Gazpacho: http://www.littleobservationist.com/2015/07/08/recipe-jorges-refreshing-summer-gazpacho/#more-9576 […]

  • Reply
    englishmum
    July 11, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Lovely pics. And what a handsome man you have! Handy in the kitchen too ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

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