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.

Soup made with breadcrumbs

Soup made with breadcrumbs

Gazpacho (soup made with stale bread) 3virtuousbread
Keep reading for two different gazpacho recipes but remember that there are infinite variations.
Course Soup
Cuisine Spain

Ingredients
  

Gazpacho with tomatoes (serves 6 generously)

  • 450 g Stale bread No crusts
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 120 ml Olive oil
  • 4 tbsp 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

Gazpacho with almonds and grapes (serves 6 generously)

  • 200 g 200 g stale bread No crusts
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 150 ml Olive oil
  • 5 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 L Water
  • 100 Ground almonds
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 200 g Green grapes

Instructions
 

Gazpacho with tomatoes (serves 6 generously)

  • Cover the bread with water to soak it and then squeese out the water.  Retain this water.
  • Put the bread in a blender or food processor with the tomatoes, peppers, salt, and garlic.  Puree.
  • With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream and then add the vinegar.
  • Thin with water to the consistency of your choice, using up the water in which the bread was soaked first.
  • 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 cloves150 ml olive oil5 tablespoons of red wine vinegar1 litre of water100 g ground almonds2 tsp salt200 g of green grapes
  • Gazpacho with almonds and grapes (serves 6 generously)
  • Cover the bread with water to soak it and then squeese out the water.  Retain this water.
  • Put the bread in a blender or food processor with the almonds, salt, and garlic.  Puree.
  • With the motor running, add the oil in a thin stream and then add the vinegar.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

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 homemade bread, please see a great website all about soup called What’s the Soup
Keyword Soup