Gazpacho Time! 5 Ways to Make Your Next Batch Better

The tomatoes are coming in by the bushel and that can only mean one thing: time for gazpacho! Whether you like it creamy or chunky or simply whirred in a blender, we have some ideas for punching up the flavor in your next batch.

1. One Unexpected Ingredient - While the tomatoes are certainly the star of the show, adding one unusual fruit or vegetable can make things that much more interesting. We recently saw a Fennel and Blood Orange Gazpacho on a restaurant menu, and we can’t wait to make our own variation.

2. Change the Seasonings - If you normally make a spicy southwestern style gazpacho, try switching out the cumin and chili powder for oregano and thyme to make an Italian version instead. Take a stroll through your spice cupboard and see what you get.

3. Add Some Smoke - This is a personal favorite of ours. Try roasting the tomatoes before spinning them into the soup or adding a splash of liquid smoke. Spices like smoked paprika or lapsang souchong also give gazpacho a subtle smokiness.

4. Spice It Up! - We don’t think it’s a coincidence that tomatoes and spicy chili peppers come into season around the same time! Gazpacho can be a great way to become familiar with the chili peppers from different regions around the world and build your tolerance for their spicy heat.

5. Single Tomato Gazpacho - Our Saturday farmer’s market recently held a tomato tasting and we were floored by how different breeds of tomatoes tasted. Did you know orange and yellow tomatoes tend to be sweeter and less acidic than red? We have visions of making several batches of gazpacho over the next few weeks, each using one single breed of tomato.

What tips do you have for punching up a batch of gazpacho?

Related: Roundup: Chilled Summer Soups (Other Than Gazpacho)

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