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Andalusian garden gazpacho

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8
Andalusian garden gazpacho
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
1

Break the 4 slices crustless bread into chunks and soak it in water to cover until softened.

2

Remove cores from the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into chunks and puree in a blender or food processor. Press the juice and pulp through a sieve, discarding the bits of skin and seeds.

3

Squeeze the water from the bread and place it in a blender or food processor with the garlic. Blend until smooth.

4

Add the tomato pulp, green pepper, cumin and salt. With the blender running, add the oil in a slow stream. Blend in the vinegar and some of the 1 1/2 cups cold water.

5

Place the gazpacho in a pitcher and add the remaining water. This makes about 4 1/2 cups gazpacho. Serve immediately or chill until serving time.

6

To serve, pour the gazpacho into individual bowls. Place each of the garnishes (finely chopped green pepper, cucumber, onion, tomato and crisp bread) in small bowls. Pass the garnishes with the gazpacho and allow guests to serve themselves.

The gazpacho should be the consistency of light cream. If it is to be served for sipping, thin with additional water. Lemon juice can be substituted for the vinegar.

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