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Recipe for Father’s Day: Smoky Gazpacho Mario with Spicy Slim Jim Stirrer

Gazpacho. Photo by paul goyette via Flicker.

How about a gazpacho recipe for Father’s Day from Chef Renee that’s he-man enough to please Dad and that’s also sure to win over the rest of the family?

Smoky Gazpacho Mario with Spicy Slim Jim Stirrer

Serves 4

The night before: fill one ice cube tray with tomato juice, and freeze overnight. Use the rest of the tomato juice in the recipe below.

Place 4 tall highball glasses in the refrigerator.

INGREDIENTS

1-quart Sacramento tomato juice, or V8 juice, divided as indicated above
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded, and cut into large dice
1 green pepper, seeded, and cut into large dice
½ red onion, peeled and cut into large dice
½ lemon, juiced
¼ cup sherry wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
large pinch Italian parsley (no stems), plus 4 nice sprigs
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
½ jalapeno pepper (or serrano)- optional
12 twists fresh black pepper

One package of Slim Jim sausage sticks.  Remove from package and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes.

METHOD

Place all ingredients (except Slim Jim sticks) in blender.  First pulse until every ingredient is well chopped, then puree until you have an easily pourable drink.

Add 1 cup of vodka (or dill seed flavored Aquavit) and re blend briefly.

Taste for seasoning.

Add tomato ice cubes to highball glasses.  Pour in the Smoky Gazpacho Mario until ¾ full and add a Slim Jim to each glass, along with a sprig of Italian parsley.

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Recipe: Gazpacho for an End of Summer Soup Treat

Normally, when tomatoes start coming in, I like eating them right off the vine with a sprinkle of sea salt. But this summer, tomatoes aren’t at their best. That’s because the late blight fungus has taken a severe toll on this year’s tomato crop. So if your tomatoes aren’t looking too great, why not use them to make gazpacho?

Gazpacho.  Photo: gwarcita via flickr

Gazpacho. Photo: gwarcita via flickr

Here’s Chef Renee Marton’s version:

Gazpacho

“Salad in a glass” describes this version of gazpacho. While some prefer it chunky and others smooth, I like it in between. This recipe is easy to make and serve, always available if you keep a pitcher full in your refrigerator.

Garnish with rye croutons, toasted almond slivers or lots of chopped chives. Serve chilled in old fashioned glasses, with a straw and spoon. If you’re lucky, you may have some vintage soup bowls lying around, adding a fun retro touch to the whole enterprise.

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds fresh, juicy and really ripe tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped (save the seeds and juice)*

1 large red bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed and coarsely chopped

1 large green bell pepper—same as above

1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into large dice

2 cucumbers. If the cucumbers have a thick skin, peel them completely and remove the seeds, then cut in large dice

1 bunch Italian parsley, coarsely chopped, including the thinner stems. Discard the large woody stems.

4 cloves garlic, peeled

1/2 cup very good olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2  teaspoon kosher salt

1/2  teaspoon freshly ground pepper

METHOD

8 servings (there’s no point in making less since you can store left overs in the fridge)

Equipment: you will need to use a blender (not a food processor)

Make this soup a few hours in advance so the flavors “marry. ”Fill the blender 1/3 full with tomatoes and juice. Add of each of the other ingredients but do not fill the blender to the top—the ingredients need room to expand as they turn into soup. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Remove top, stir if necessary, and continue blending until you get a consistency that is thick but not too chunky.

Repeat the process until you have used up all the ingredients. Then stir them all together so that they mix well. Chill several hours at least.

*To peel tomatoes, take out the core, draw an “x” opposite the core on the bottom of the tomato, and put in boiling water for 30 seconds. Chill right away in iced water. The skins will slip right off.

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