Cuisine from Spain podcast no. 8 – Gazpacho

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As the temperatures rise in Madrid, Marina decides it’s time for that summer classic, Gazpacho!

Ingredients (4 people)

1 Kg of Ripe Tomatoes
1 Italian Green Pepper
1 Cucumber
1 Medium Onion
1 Medium Garlic Clove
1 Slice of bread
1 Small glass of water (Wine size)
1 Teaspoon of salt
2 Dessert spoons of Vinegar
6 Dessert spoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Place all the tomatoes (except one), cut into quarters, in the blender, with a slice about 5 cm wide of green pepper, a slice about 5 cm wide of peeled cucumber, half of the onion and the garlic. Then blend for 5 minutes or until the mixture is completely smooth. Then add the water and salt and mix again. Taste to check that the salt is ok, then add the vinegar and mix again. Finally when the vinegar level is ok, add the olive oil and mix in at a slow setting until it mixes in completely.

Let it cool in the fridge for a few hours before serving. It can be served either as a drink in a glass or as a starter in a bowl with garnish or "pispirris”. To prepare the pispirris cut the tomato, the remaining green pepper and cucumber, half an onion and a slice of bread into very small cubes then place each in a separate bowl. Take these bowls to the table in a tray and let each person choose what they want to add to their own Gazpacho.

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18 thoughts on “Cuisine from Spain podcast no. 8 – Gazpacho

  1. Marina

    Thanks Tim!!! It is not difficult with Gazpacho, as it is one of my favourites summer dishes plus it is a very healthy one. If you ever get to prepare this recipie let us know how it goes….

  2. Marina

    I’ve never tried Gazpacho with cilantro unless it’s a new cuisine thing the classical Gazpacho recipie does not have cilantro.

  3. Jen

    Yumm . . . thank you so much for this recipe — gazpacho is definitely my favorite food. The tips on tasting as you add the water, salt and vinegar and on adding the olive oil last really made it so much better.

  4. tania

    did you take the seeds out of the tomato? Or did you put the whole tomato in the blender.

  5. tania

    Thanks for the response. I did make the gazpacho with seeds and all but my blender must not be as powerfull as yours to break all of the seeds. Even with a bit of seeds it was still wonderful and maybe next time I make it I will buy a mouli so that I can get a smoother consistensy with no seeds. It’s finally feeling like summer so I look forward to keep making Gazpacho.

    Gracias Marina y Ben por las magnificas recetas, simples pero muy deliciosas, y gracias por todos los podcast.

  6. Ben

    I have to do a little bit of research in ajo blanco as I’ve only done it once in the past, then I’ll do podcast on it if you don’t mind waiting a bit.

  7. Christopher Sorensen

    Greetings from the States. Just to clear up some cucumber issues. In the States the long cucumber goes by many names: English Cucumber, Holland Cucumber, Hothouse Cucumber or as it is usually referred to as a Seedless Cucumber. These have been specically bred not to have seeds (which are difficult to digest and some say they cause gas) and they contain less water. Our regular variety of cucumber should be sufficient. My question is with use of vinegar. When you vinegar I assume you mean white wine vinegar, although I know in Spain sherry vinegar is used a lot, am I correct in assuming this?

  8. Marina Post author

    Commonly in Spain wine vinager is used. But you also find people that use Sherry vinager or even the Italian balsamic one. For Gazpacho and Salmorejo I like using strong dark wine vinager but with caution as if you use too much it kills the tomato and garlic flavours.

    Regarding cucumbers, the Spanish variety is different from the Holland Cucumber which is the one that is mostly used in other European countries. It is shorter, it is light green even a bit yellow if they are too ripe and the skin is rougher.
    You can check a pick in the following link.

  9. D. B.

    Can you freeze this for use later? Most of the ingredients can be frozen without blanching individually. Just wondered if anyone has tried this?

  10. Ben Post author

    Sometimes I stick it into the freezer for 1 hour or a bit more so it gets really cold. But I’ve never frozen it completely, so I can’t tell you if it works fine.
    However it is so delicious and refreshing that it won’t last more than a day or two and for two days you can keep it perfectly in the fridge.

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