Chew and Review: Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated

I finally had a chance to whip up a batch of Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz from Cook's Illustrated. The farmer's market veggies were begging to get into this cold, creamy and zesty soup. Watch the video to see how easy this dish was to make.

Since moving into our new (old) house recently, we've missed our chance to start up a vegetable garden in our backyard. I'm really struggling through the end of summer without my fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, last minute addition of chile peppers, and warm roasted beets. So lots of my recipes right now are including fresh farmer's market veggies as well as gifts from friends' gardens (Thanks friends!).

With my summer produce cravings egging me on, I was more than happy to whip up a batch of gazpacho. Since it was the first time I had made it, I was happy to find it in the recently picked, Cook's Illustrated. With every step tested and justified (add salt before the veggies are blended, not after) and spelled out meticulously, I understood it clearly and didn't have to keep re-reading to make sure I got it right.

The most challenging part for me was all the chopping involved. I do need to work on my knife skills. (Hmmm...I wonder if there's a book about that at the library? Of course there is!)

It turned out great. I served it with grape and rosemary focaccia and roasted green beans. My husband and I put the kid to bed and devoured it while listening to Carlos Gardel (The King of Tango) from the Library's free streaming music database. It was the perfect ending to a really nice summer weekend.

This recipe is available on the Cook's Illustrated website.

Written by lauriekm on September 16, 2010


Anonymous on September 17, 2010


lol! "It's cold!" "It's supposed to be!!" Looks great and love the narration. Can't wait for the next video!


Looks like a perfect date night recipe - music included. Thanks.

Anonymous on September 17, 2010


Tried to use the link to Carlos Gardel from the music database but Denver Public Library wasn't listed as a selection in the menu. :(


Oh, sorry. Here's a better link to Carlos Gardel in Music Online. This one will prompt you for your library card and then will take you to the music.  We have also corrected the link in the original post.

james on September 22, 2010


Great way to use up those end of summer tomatoes. I love gazpacho and will definitely try this recipe.

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