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Restaurant Sent Sovi's Gazpacho
from: Dee

Sent Sovi is a remarkable restaurant is Saratoga, CA, at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

SERVES 8

  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup sherry wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (he uses more, but I found this was plenty)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt (they use gray salt)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 4 lbs tomatoes, very ripe
  • 4 ounces sourdough bread

Roughly chop and combine all ingredients.

Cover with plastic wrap and marinate overnight.

Blend thoroughly in blender and pass through a food mill or medium mesh strainer.

(Alternatively, you can peel and seed the tomatoes first. I found this easier for me.).

Garnish, if desired with fresh herbs, a swirl of olive oil, and toasted breadcrumbs.

Sometimes he said he piles on some bay shrimp and/or chopped avocado.