Georgia Magazine - July 2017 - 36A

Second helping: More tomato recipes
BY DAMON LEE FOWLER

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The secret to good gazpacho is
plenty of texture, which means you
should not make it in a blender.
Hand-cutting everything does take
longer, but you already have to peel
and cut up the vegetables before you
can chop them in a machine, so it's
really not much more time.
Southerners have relished this
Spanish salad-soup at least since
Thomas Jefferson's cousin, Mary Randolph, set down a recipe for it in "The
Virginia House-wife" in 1824.
4 pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, preferably Vidalia,
trimmed, halved lengthwise, peeled, diced
small
2 medium cucumbers, washed, lightly
peeled, diced small
2 medium green bell peppers, stemmed,
cored, seeded, diced small
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon
juice, red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper,
to taste
Hot sauce or ground cayenne pepper or
1 fresh green hot pepper, stemmed, cored,
minced
1 cup firm white bread, cut into small cubes,
crumbled stale biscuits or hard crackers,
such as gallette del marinaio
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh mint
1/2 cup sour cream, optional

Peel tomatoes by scraping their
entire surface with the edge of a paring knife. Core tomatoes, pull off the
peel and seed them over a bowl lined
with a wire-mesh sieve. Roughly chop
half the tomatoes and put them in a
large glass or ceramic bowl. Put remaining tomatoes and their reserved
juice in a blender or food processor
fitted with a steel blade. Puree them
to the consistency of bottled tomato
juice; add to the chopped tomatoes.
Add onion, cucumbers and bell
peppers to the bowl with the tomaJuly 2017

DAMON LEE FOWLER

Southern Minted Gazpacho

The recipe for Stewed Tomatoes and Okra can be found on page 36C.

toes. Squeeze juice from the limes or
lemons through a strainer and add it
(or the vinegar) to the bowl, along
with olive oil. Season with a healthy
pinch or so of salt, a few liberal
grindings of pepper and a shot or so
of hot sauce (or cayenne pepper or
the fresh, minced hot pepper). Stir
until well-blended. Cover and let it
stand at room temperature for at least
2 hours, or refrigerate it overnight.
If it has been refrigerated, take it
out 1 hour before serving and let it
sit at room temperature. Just before
serving, taste and correct the seasonings. To serve, put a few of the bread
cubes or crumbled hard biscuits in
each soup bowl. Ladle gazpacho
over it, and let it stand for a few minutes to allow the bread or biscuits to
soften. Garnish each serving with the
mint and a dollop of sour cream, if
desired.
Note: If you want to give it more
of a Latin American flair, substitute
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cilantro for the mint. Hard biscuits
(crackers) are traditional in some
Latin American and Spanish versions of gazpacho. Look for them in
Latin American markets or the International section of your grocery store
or substitute Italian gallette del marinaio. Serves 8.
The BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) has been a diner
standard for decades mainly because
it's easy and good, even when the
tomatoes and bacon are lackluster.
Because it's basically a salad between
two slices of toast, the combination
works equally well in a salad bowl.

BLT Salad
4 medium ripe tomatoes
2 medium Vidalia or other sweet onions,
trimmed, halved, peeled, thinly sliced
8-12 romaine lettuce leaves, washed,
well-drained
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1/2 cup mayonnaise
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