PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Rania Harris, of Rania's Catering, is starting her tour of Spanish cuisine with Gazpacho!
Gazpacho and Goat Cheese Croutons
- 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, drained
- 4 scallions
- 1seedless English cucumber, unpeeled and seeds removed
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1 large red onion
- 6 garlic cloves
- ½ cup sherry vinegar
- ½ cup good olive oil, plus extra for toasts and drizzling
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1-1/2 cups tomato juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces goat cheese
Cut the tomatoes, scallions, cucumber, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and onion in large pieces and place them in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the garlic and pulse until the soup is coarsely pureed. Place it in a large bowl and whisk in the vinegar, olive oil, celery salt, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, tomato juice, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to serve, preheat the broiler and place the top rack 5 to 7 inches from the heat. Cut 6 (1/2-inch-thick) diagonal slices from the baguette. Place on a sheet pan, brush with olive oil, and broil for 1 to 2 minutes on one side. Turn the slices, spread with the goat cheese, and broil for another minute, until the cheese is warm and the bread is toasted. Serve big bowls of cold soup with a warm goat cheese crouton and a drizzle of olive oil.
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