Gazpacho (soup made with stale bread)

Did you know that gazpacho is a generic name of soup made from stale bread, olive oil, vinegar, garlic and water?  Beyond that you can add what you would like to add.  Most people know it with summer vegetables like tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumber.  However, you can put in more or less anything or just eat it plain.  The important thing is that you need never throw stale bread away again.  Any bread.  White, brown, rye, sourdough - it all works.  Cut off the crusts, slice it, dry it and use it immediately or slice it and put it in the freezer, for another day.

Keep reading for two different gazpacho recipes but remember that there are infinite variations.

Gazpacho with tomatoes (serves 6 generously)

450 g  of stale bread (no crusts)
3 garlic cloves
120 ml olive oil
4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
water to thin (optional - depends on juiciness of tomatoes)
500 g tomatoes, peeled and chopped
55 g green peppers
1 tsp salt
2 eggs

Method:

1. Cover the bread with water to soak it and then squeese out the water.  Retain this water.

2. Put the bread in a blender or food processor with the tomatoes, peppers, salt, and garlic.  Puree.

3.  With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream and then add the vinegar.

4.  Thin with water to the consistency of your choice, using up the water in which the bread was soaked first.

5.  Serve hot or cold.  If you like you can top it with thin strips of serrano ham and/or sliced hard boiled egg.

Gazpacho with almonds and grapes

Gazpacho with almonds and grapes (serves 6 generously)

200 g stale bread (no crusts)
3 garlic cloves
150 ml olive oil
5 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 litre of water
100 g ground almonds
2 tsp salt
200 g of green grapes

Method:

1. Cover the bread with water to soak it and then squeese out the water.  Retain this water.

2. Put the bread in a blender or food processor with the almonds, salt, and garlic.  Puree.

3.  With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream and then add the vinegar.

4.  Add 1/2 of the water starting with the water in which the bread was soaked (don't over fill your machine!) and blend.  Pour the soup into a big bowl and then add the rest of the water.

5.  Serve hot or cold.  in either case, garnish with chopped grapes

Serve either with a lovely salad and some plain, good bread like Tom's favourite loaf or Anna's favourite buns.

For more soup recipes that you can make to accompany your home made bread, please see a great website all about soup called What's the Soup.

2 Responses to “Gazpacho (soup made with stale bread)”

  1. Sandy

    29. Jun, 2018

    I'm going to make one of your recipes for gazpacho soup with bread.

    It calls for 450 grams of bread. I have Brownberry Whole Grains, Double Fiber bread. I don't have a clue how many slices of bread I need.

    I hope you're able to give me the answer.

    Thanks Sandy

  2. webmaster

    01. Jul, 2018

    I am afraid I do not know how much your bread slices weigh! Pop one on a scale?

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