Green Gazpacho with Shrimp

green gazpacho

Photo by Patrick Lyons

This five-star recipe from Food & Wine Magazine serves six when served as first course. It’s paired best with a Riesling. Enjoy!

  1. 1 small loaf country-style white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
  2. 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  3. 1 1/2 cups water, more if needed
  4. 3 cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and chopped
  5. 1/2 onion, chopped
  6. 2 teaspoons sliced almonds
  7. 2 cloves garlic
  8. 2 cups seedless green grapes
  9. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  10. 2 teaspoons salt
  11. 1 pound shrimp, shelled and halved lengthwise

In a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine 3 cups of the bread cubes with the vinegar. Add the water; set aside 5 minutes to soften.

In a blender, combine the cucumbers, onion, almonds, 1 clove of the garlic, and 1 cup of the grapes. Add the soaked bread, the 1/2 cup olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Puree until smooth. Put the soup in the refrigerator to chill for about 20 minutes, or up to several hours.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over moderately high heat. Add the shrimp and the remaining 1 clove garlic and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp are just done, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon.

Reduce the heat to moderate and add the remaining 3 cups of bread cubes. Cook, stirring frequently, until the bread is crisp and golden, about 5 minutes.

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