RECIPE

Hot and Cold Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp and Crushed Tortilla Chips

Serve this classic, refreshing soup on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

For the shrimp:

  • 24 large shrimp, butterflied
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, cracked and peeled
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • A handful cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (1/3 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika or chili powder
  • Salt and pepper

For the gazpacho:

  • 6 ripe tomatoes or 1 can tomatoes (28-32 ounces)
  • Ice water
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly crushed unsalted corn tortilla chips, such as Xochitl brand
  • 1/3 English (seedless) cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 Italian roasted red bell pepper or 3 piquillo roasted peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 small cubanelle pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Fresno chili pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • A few dashes of hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • 1 avocado, diced

Preparation

Chill your soup bowls in the freezer. Pre-heat an outdoor grill or the broiler.


Place the shrimp in a shallow dish. Puree the remaining shrimp ingredients in a blender or food processor; season with salt and pepper. Pour the marinade over the shrimp and toss together; let stand for 15 minutes. Broil or grill until cooked through, 6-7 minutes.


Meanwhile, bring a medium size pot of water to a boil. Score the skins of the fresh tomatoes with an “X.” Place a bowl of ice water near the pot. Boil the tomatoes for 1 minute, then shock them in the ice water. Peel the tomatoes and add them to the food processor (or add the canned tomatoes if not using fresh), along with a small handful of the tortilla chips, the cucumber, roasted pepper(s), cubanelle pepper, Fresno chili pepper, onion, hot sauce, salt, to taste, and a drizzle of EVOO. Process to form a thick soup.


Serve the gazpacho in the chilled bowls and top with more chips, the avocado and shrimp.

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