Cherry Tomato and Chile Gazpacho

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 16 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 6 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

Gazpacho:

1 pound ripe cherry tomatoes (about 4 cups)

2 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped, or 4 Persian cucumbers, chopped

1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded, deveined, and coarsely chopped

1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, deveined, and coarsely chopped

1 large or 2 small shallots, coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, smashed

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning

Croutons:

Vegetable oil, for frying

1/2 tube (9 ounces) store-bought, pre-cooked polenta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Directions

For the gazpacho: Place the tomatoes, cucumbers, chiles, shallots, garlic, vinegar, hot sauce, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, to taste. Refrigerate for 2 hours until ready to serve.

For the croutons: In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour enough oil to fill the pan with 1 inch of oil. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 375 degrees F. (If you don't have a thermometer, a cube of bread will brown in about 3 minutes.) Working in batches, carefully add the polenta cubes and fry, stirring occasionally to keep the cubes separated, until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

To serve: Ladle the gazpacho into 4 soup bowls and top with the polenta croutons.

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