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Gazpacho with Basil Creme Fraiche

Updated: Wednesday, February 5 2014, 03:40 PM EST
Servings: 8-8 oz.

2- each        English Cucumber
2- each        Red Bell Peppers
2- each     Stalks of Celery
4- each        Tomatoes
1- each        Red Onion
8- each        Green Onion
3- each     Cloves of Garlic
32- ounces    Kroger spicy tomato Juice
¼- Cup        Kroger Red Wine Vinegar
¼ - Cup     Kroger Extra Virgin olive Oil
½ - ounce    Tabasco
½ - TBLS    Kroger Kosher Salt
1 - tsp        Kroger Black Pepper, fresh ground

Clean all of your fresh produce. Cut in half and seed the cucumbers. Core and seed the Peppers. Cut in half and seed the tomatoes. Rough chop the cucumber, pepper, celery, tomatoes and onion into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped.


After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl and add in the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, tabasco, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.
Garnish with a dollop of BASIL CRÈME FRAICHE.


Yield: 2 cups

12- ounces    Crème Fraiche (or Sour Cream)
¼ - cup        Basil

Clean and stem the Basil. Chiffonade ( or a fine chop) the basil. Combine the Crème Fraiche with the basil. Let sit covered and refrigerated for an hour. The longer it sits the more flavor you will have developed. Top the Gazpacho with a dollop of the Crème Fraiche.

Gazpacho with Basil Creme Fraiche

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