Cook the Book Fridays – Gazpacho with Herbed Goat Cheese Toasts

It doesn’t look like much, I know, but this really is a flavor explosion. Unfortunately we are out of fresh local tomatoes and used on the vine tomatoes imported from Texas, but I can only imagine how amazing this would be with fresh produce sun-warmed from the garden.

As you can see I put the whole darn thing through the Cuisinart. There is still a little chunk left to this that you could get a crunch of onion or cucumber. I eat salad on a regular basis and definitely wanted a different consistency than that. We had also gone down to Palm Beach last weekend and was fighting against the daylight for a picture, so I was trying to economize my time! Much as I always love to hone my knife skills (pun intended), it was just begging for the cuisinart. 

And those toasts. Oh how I love Goat Cheese. It is so tangy… the perfect counterpoint to the richness of the Gazpacho. I added dill to mine, but Basil would have been equally appropriate and delicious. 

I would definitely make this again, though I would shoot for when I could get local tomatoes. Still adjusting to the early seasonality of local produce here in Florida!

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8 Responses to Cook the Book Fridays – Gazpacho with Herbed Goat Cheese Toasts

  1. We love gazpacho too and you are right. It is a flavour explosion!!

  2. Chez Nana says:

    After I blanched the tomatoes I could not get the pulp thru the strainer so I threw it all in the
    cuisinart and mushed it. I then strained out the seeds and it worked perfectly. I love the goat cheese toasts, very tasty and really compliments the soup.

  3. I can’t agree more that the local tomatoes could take the “flavor explosion” to the next level. Great picture in its simplicity!

  4. Teresa says:

    The combination of the gazpacho with the goat cheese toasts was wonderful, wasn’t it? I threw mine into the Cuisinart, too – I wanted a smooth texture, as I knew it would go down better with the other eaters that night.

  5. Your gazpacho turns out fabulous!

  6. hawley32 says:

    Next time, I am adding the toasts. Your soup looks great. I like the idea of all the veggies pureed. I was not too fond of the added crunch.

  7. Mary Hirsch says:

    I agree, this is a very tasty version of Gazpacho. It really was a crunchy salad with a little bit of liquid, in my opinion, but I still loved it. I definitely will make it again but we are getting the last of the tomatoes up here in the mountains also. What we are really getting is snow!

  8. betsy says:

    Flavor explosion, you’re so right. I really liked the goat cheese toasts too.

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