Watermelon Gazpacho

THERMOMIX RECIPES: 
Gazpacho With Watermelon

A very quick, simple and delicious chilled soup

Right Folks,

I am rocking some serious braces at the moment, or graces, as my six and a half year old insists on calling them. So, we are going heavy on the soups these days. It's still very hot in the South of France, so a chilled soup is a nice option. I do love gazpacho, but you have to be careful of the amount of garlic you use. A couple of slivers at most for a litre of soup, at least if you ask me. For this particular recipe, I don't use garlic at all. I use mostly watermelon, tomatoes, a piece of cucumber, a piece of red pepper and a few basil leaves. That is it, apart from the seasonings. You could stop reading now and have a fairly good soup as is.

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This blog will have many blurry photos of the finished dish.

Why, oh, why??

Ingredients:

500g Cherry or Baby Plum Tomatoes (or any type of good quality tomato)
500g Watermelon
1/4 Cucumber
1/4 Red Pepper
2 tbsp Sherry Vinegar
4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil - I use Venta del Baron (Lovely Stuff)

Method:

I do mine in the thermomix. You can use any blender.

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Peel

the watermelon

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Chop

and place in thermomix.

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Add

cucumber, with skin and seeds.

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Add

deseeded red pepper.

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Add

washed tomatoes

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Drizzle

with the olive oil

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Add

the sherry vinegar; go for the most expensive one you can afford, it will be worth it.

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30 Seconds

Speed 10

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Check

seasoning; add some salt and pepper.

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Seive

through a fine strainer; discard any pulp.

And that is it folks. When it comes to garnish I normally do some guac, add a few herbs and flowers, and a dice of tomatoes and watermelon each. Plus a drizzle of olive oil.

I have been trying a new technique called compressed watermelon. I will explain in a video below. Set the vacuum pack machine to 99. When it seals, the pressure breaks down the structure of the melon and brings all the juice into the centre creating a deep, intense bite of watermelon.


Enjoy

Michael