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Classic Salmorejo

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This is a delicious variation on the well know Spanish cold tomato soup “Gazpacho”. It has fewer ingredients and can be whipped together in no time. Salmorejo can be eaten on its own or garnished by the famous Iberian Ham, some hard boiled egg and even canned tuna in olive oil. Finish it off with a drizzle of an excellent extra virgin olive oil and you have a great start to any meal. Salmorejo can also be used as a condiment for sandwiches or as a sauce for fish and meat dishes. In Spain they serve it with the “Panes de la Casa” the house breads with Jamon, anchovy or cod.
Ingredients
  Tomatoes 2 Pound
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Stale bread 6 Ounce
  White wine vinegar 2 Ounce
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  Salt To Taste
Directions

Rough chop the tomatoes and add them to a food processor or blender, this can also be done with a hand blender if you don’t think everything will fit in the food processor.

Add the garlic, the vinegar and some salt. Puree the tomatoes.

Chop up the bread and put into a bowl with a little water. Let the bread re-hydrate and then squeeze out the excess water and add to the tomatoes.

Blend the tomatoes thoroughly and begin to add the olive oil slowly so it incorporates completely into the puree. Add oil until the puree thickens slightly and takes on a vibrant orange color.
Pass the salmorejo through a fine strainer to remove any tomato skins so you are left with a silky smooth puree.

Check the seasoning and add more salt or vinegar if necessary.

Remember the following day the flavors will intensify. Refrigerate until cold and serve in bowls or use as a condiment. Garnish or just eat it plain, either way it’s delicious.

Tips: Make sure to find the ripest tomatoes possible, you’ll get the best color and flavor that way. If you can’t find any good tomatoes, a little tomato paste can be added to boost flavor and color.
Don’t use an olive oil that is too strong.
You can use stale bread for this recipe or even unflavored breadcrumbs.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Sour
Feel: 
Velvety
Method: 
Blending
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Tomato
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
6
Story
A staple in any Tapas bar in Andalucia. This is a delicious start to any meal.
Subtitle: 
Spanish Cold Tomato Soup
If you are a fond of famous Gazpacho, you would also love this preparation. This is a perfect homemade soup to serve in any summer afternoon with ideal garnishing. The cooking procedure involves no cooking, so it is quite easy and quick. Only things you require, are the correct ingredients.

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Danny's picture
great