On Saturday, I bought 30 bucks worth of fresh fruit to make strawberry gazpacho…and then ordered cold thai noodles instead. Sounds about right.
Thank goodness there was Sunday.
Because on Sunday…
…on a hundred-degree summer day. Just nothin’.
Adapted from Eleven Madison Park via Food 52.
This is not sweet!! Well, it’s a little sweet, but it’s also distinctly savory, so don’t hesitate to have it for lunch…and dinner. Other than toasting the bread, which is super quick, this requires no heat…..perfect for those days where turning on the oven is a sin. There are a lot of ellipses in this post.
1/2 T plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 c whole grain bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 sprigs thyme
6 c strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 1/4 c English cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 1/4 c diced red bell pepper
3/4 c diced green bell pepper
6 T tomato juice
3 T red wine vinegar
1 1/2 t salt
Tabasco sauce (optional)
- In a small pan over medium-high heat, heat 1 T olive oil and 1 garlic clove
- When the garlic starts to sizzle, add the bread cubes, stirring occasionally until they begin to brown
- Add the thyme and continue to toast until bread is golden on all sides. Remove from heat and add to large bowl. Discard the thyme
- Add the strawberries, cucumber, peppers, remaining garlic clove, remaining 1/2 c of olive oil, tomato juice, vinegar, and salt to the bowl; combine and cover tightly with plastic wrap
- Marinate at room temperature for 3 to 6 hours
- Puree the ingredients and their juices in small batches in a blender on high speed until very smooth
- Strain through a chinois (I dont have one of these) or a mesh sieve lined with cheese cloth. Here’s fair warning that a fine mesh sieve without cheese cloth will become instantaneously clogged with teeny, tiny strawberry seeds. Use the cheese cloth
- Chill until very cold. Season to taste with Tabasco sauce and/or additional salt or red wine vinegar
- Drizzle with good olive oil and enjoy
There are a few perfect flavor combinations in this world: peanut butter and chocolate, salmon and dill, brandy/grand marnier/lemon juice, and of course, bacon, lettuce and tomato. At the height of summer, those last three ingredients come together to make something so much more amazing than the sum of its parts.
Well folks, it is officially picnic season, not to mention BBQ season and pool party season and dinner on the fire-escape season. Chances are, you’re going to need to bring some eats to a party or twelve this summer and I promise you, you want this recipe in your back pocket.
When I was in college and had a…we’ll just say a rough night, I would often have pasta with tomato sauce for breakfast. Much like home fries and ketchup, there was something healing about a big bowl of carbs coated in thick, salty, tangy, antioxidant-filled tomato sauce and salty, sharp cheese. Back then I always had a jar of tomato sauce in the fridge; today, not so much. But I do have sun dried tomatoes, almonds, garlic and olive oil.
Very important question. Can you give yourself an ulcer by eating too many tomatoes? Because if that’s the case, I’m certainly on my way. Thank goodness for my tomatopalooza suppliers, the Carones (happy now? :)); if not for them, I’d likely starve!
Summer came on like a wildfire this year and it is taking no prisoners. It’s like the heavens knew that Memorial Day was here and it was time to flip the switch. We went from cold and rainy and positively depressing to humid and sweaty and positively oppressive overnight. Spring would have been nice. But hey beggars can’t be choosers and it’s not all bad: it’s BBQ season.