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Jamie Purviance

Grilled Tomato Gazpacho with Toasted Spanish Tomato Bread

  • People

    Serves 6

  • Prep Time

    20 min.

  • Chilling Time

    3 h

  • Grilling Time

    16 min.

Serves 6
Prep Time
20 min.
Chilling Time
3 h
Grilling Time
16 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1.4 kilogram plum tomatoes
  • ½ small red onion, peeled and cut in half through the stem
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper
  • 7 slices sourdough or country-style bread, each about 12-milliliters thick, divided
  • 1 English cucumber, about 225 grams, peeled and cut crosswise into 2.5-centimeter slices
  • 240 milliliters tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, cut horizontally in half
  • ¼ English cucumber, cut into 6-milliliter dice


  • 01 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (180° to 230°C).
  • 02 Brush the cooking grates clean. Place the unpeeled garlic cloves in the center of a small square of aluminum foil and fold up the sides to create a packet. Grill the garlic packet, the plum tomatoes, the onion quarters, and the jalapeño, over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until they are softened and marked, turning occasionally. The tomatoes will take 6 to 8 minutes and the garlic, onion, and jalapeno will take about 15 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a rimmed baking sheet as they are done.
  • 03 When cool enough to handle, and working over the baking sheet to catch the juices, peel and core the tomatoes and then cut them into chunks. Peel the garlic. Cut the onion into chunks. Peel, devein, and deseed the jalapeño. Remove and discard the crust from one slice of bread and tear it into pieces.
  • 04 In a food processor or blender combine the tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalapeño, torn bread, cucumber slices, tomato juice, vinegar, salt, 60 milliliiters oil, and any collected vegetable juices from the baking sheet. Process until well pureed, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the gazpacho into an airtight container. Refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.
  • 05 To make the Spanish tomato bread, brush the remaining six bread slices on both sides with oil. Toast the bread over direct medium heat for about 1 minute, turning once. Remove from the grill and rub the bread slices with the cut garlic clove. Then rub the cut side of the tomato over the bread, covering the surface with pulp and leaving behind juice and seeds in the skin.
  • 06 Pour the gazpacho into bowls and garnish with the diced cucumber and a swirl of oil, if desired. Serve with the Spanish tomato bread.

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