Yeah, this is totally amazing

Yeah, this is totally amazing

Tomato peach gazpacho? Do I sound a little crazy? Maybe, but MAN this is a killer combination and a perfect cool down meal on a hot summer day. Plus, tomatoes and peaches are in high season at your farmers market, which makes this all the better. And, bonus: it’s so easy to make.

Make this for company as an appetizer or part of a meal, and trust me, you’ll have an impressed group of people. This tastes like something you’d get at a nice restaurant, because of the unusual flavor combinations that just work. Last time I served it I had a friend literally licking the bowl.

Budget: $10, serves 4, $2.50 a serving.

Recipe details after the jump.

A regular feature where I cook cheap, gourmet meals.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds of tomatoes, 1-2 large – I bought heirloom from the farmers market (about $5 – $3.50/pound)
  • 1 lb peaches, 2 to 3 medium size ($3)
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice (pantry – or rather, freezer)
  • 1 medium shallot, or red onion if you like (about $.5o)

    All chopped up

    All chopped up

  • 2 tbs olive oil (pantry)
  • 1.5 tbs vinegar – I used sherry, you could use red wine or whatever you have (pantry)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (pantry)
  • .5 teaspoon pepper (pantry)
  • .25 to .5 cup water (pantry, or rather, faucet)
  • Fresh herbs to sprinkle on top – optional, good choices are basil, thyme, mint (pantry)

Total: $8.50 – that makes this a little more than $2 a person to seriously impress some guests

Method:

  • Roughly chop tomatoes, peaches, and shallot/red onion.
  • Puree (in a food processor or blender) 2/3 of tomatoes and 1/2 of peaches with ice, shallot/red onion, 1 tbs of olive oil, 1 tbs of vinegar, dash of salt, and pinch of pepper. Puree until smooth. Taste the seasoning – I find I need to add a bit more vinegar, salt and pepper to get the flavor right when I make it.
  • You could strain gazpacho to make it smoother, but I found it unnecessary.
  • Stir water into gazpacho for desired consistency (optional).
  • Toss together rest of tomatoes and peaches with rest of olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Serve chilled, in a bowl with chopped tomatoes and peaches on top, with fresh herbs if you desire, for a pretty presentation.