Fresh vine ripened tomatoes are ages away and forget about finding anything resembling a fresh cucumber, but worry not. Here is a comforting warm and delicious twist on an old summer favorite using ingredients you can easily find at your grocery store in the middle of winter. Inspired by my Spanish grandfather, it is sure to have you dreaming of the lazy, dog days of summer!
— Alex Province
- 1 clove garlic peeled
- 1 onion small, sweet, chopped
- 1 red pepper seeded and quartered
- 1 potato small, peeled and sliced
- 1 28 ounce can tomatoes whole
- 6 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tablespoons vinegar red wine
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- On a baking tray, toss garlic, onion, potato and red pepper with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
- Carefully transfer the hot roasted vegetables and canned tomatoes into a blender and pulse until just smooth.
- Now with blender running, slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup olive oil and vinegar. Blend until oil is emulsified-about 20 seconds.
- Add more salt if needed and if you have them, this is nice with crispy warm croutons.
Perfect for these cold days! Faith, I used a large can of Muir Fire Roasted tomatoes and loved it. May try a few red pepper flakes in the next batch. Another great recipe for us Foodies.
Faith Middleton says
I’ve made it since the show and did exactly what you did, simply because I was in the mood for a little zing. We’re so happy you liked this recipe. Cheers, Faith
Ellen Kloehn says
I was listening to today’s Food Schmooze in the car; I happened to be on the way to the grocery store. We love gazpacho so I paid close attention. At the store I went straight to the “tomatoes” aisle and found the Muir Glen brand that Faith recommended. The vegetables are in the oven now and we can’t wait to taste this faux-summer soup tonight!
Faith Middleton says
I hope it went well. Any brand of tomatoes will do, but we like the balance of sweetness and acid in Muir Glen organic, either stocked in the canned tomato aisle or in the health food section of the supermarket. once again, thanks to Alex Province for answering my challenge and coming up with this terrific recipe. Cheers, Faith