Monday, July 26, 2010

Gazpacho or Cucumber Salsa?

It's time for a recipe post.

So since I was pretty much non-existent/missing in action all weekend at clinicals.

I thought I'd make a big batch of "side-dish" to have around for the weekend. So Friday I did some recipe-research and found a great recipe for Gazpacho.

I have never made or ate Gazpacho before, and neither has Ryan. So I pulled out from fresh veggies, our handy food processor and cooked away.

I didn't really "dig" the recipe, since it was calling for raw onions (and that makes my stomach SCREAM in pain) -

 So I tweaked. And here it is:

  • 2 cans Tomato Juice
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 cucumber, sliced/chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 Habenero pepper (if that's how you "roll" can skip this if your feelin' mild)
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pepper to taste (salt is kind of unneccessary since there's tomato juice in this!)
  1. Sautee the onions, habenero, and garlic in a pan until soft
  2. Chop all ingredients and add to food processor
  3. Add cucumbers and tomatoes last, for you don't want these chopped too finely.
  4. Refridgerate for 2 hours minimum to allow flavors to blend.
Now, Friday night instead of eating this as the traditional Gazpacho soup, that is normally is. I used it as a garnish to our Tilapia Fillets. It. Was. Heavenly. An excellent complement to the fish! Very, very fresh!

Here is where the humor comes in.

Saturday I was at clinicals all day. We had a going away party to attend that evening. So, I planned on just meeting Ryan there (since I don't get off clinicals until about 7:40 pm).

When I arrived, Ryan said, "Hey, I am so sorry - I put it in a container and everything, but I forgot to bring that cucumber salsa to the party. Man I ate that stuff right up today -- best salsa you've made in awhile! Nice work!"

....I hesitated for a moment, because I didn't get what he was talking about.

And then it dawned on me -- that he thought the garnish on our fish Friday night was salsa.
So, apparently I did something wrong with this recipe. I had some for lunch yesterday - and yep, it definitely was tasting like a salsa with a fresh-cucumber-y kick.

But delicious! So, if you decide to try this recipe....don't expect gazpacho-y freshness.


B and B said...

Yum! I have been researching gazpacho recipes because I am planning to serve it at our dinner club party next week. Great pictures. I will give this a try!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Ha! Love that Ryan thought that was salsa. I would have thought the same probably ;)

If you ever see a cucumber margarita on a menu, you should try one. Or better yet, come to minneapolis and I can take you to Masa for one. They are to. die. for. So yummy and refreshing!!

Marlys said...

Gazpacho looked and sounded so good! Mmmm!

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