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What is this Gazpacho missing.... bacon!? Hacking classic dishes.

YAYME Aug 4, 2010 07:02 AM

Last night I made iteration on gazpacho. With lots of tomatoes, tomato jucie, cucumbers, vinegar a hot pepper, some basil and some exotic spices. Then I decided to punch it up even more. I fried a pound of baco until it was crispy, almost burnt and threw it in the food processor., Then I put the pulverizsed bacon bits into the soup. The result a cold tomatoy-pepper,- smokey-bacony delicousness. I'm addicted to my bacon-pacho. Anyone want the recipe?

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    jhopp217 Aug 5, 2010 01:08 PM

    Sounds good, but the thing I love about a good gazpacho is the lightness. Bacon is anything but light. If I was going to "add" anything to it, maybe some nice cold shrimp!

    1. bushwickgirl Aug 4, 2010 01:20 PM

      I'm heat addled today and when first reading your post I thought you were playing with guacamole, not gazpacho, and I had absolutely nothing to say about that. Now that I've reread it, adding bacon, serrano or prosciutto to gazpacho is perfectly fine, carry on.

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      1. re: bushwickgirl
        chowser Aug 4, 2010 01:23 PM

        Guacamole and bacon actually sounds like a good combination, too.

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          bushwickgirl Aug 5, 2010 12:51 AM

          Now that I've had a moment to think about it, it does indeed.

          I didn't realize that the OP was discussing gazpacho until I read your BLT soup comment. The mention of adding cucumbers, basil and exotic spices to what I thought was guacamole shook me a bit.

          The OP has a track record of posting, um, unusual food and drink ingredient combinations, witness the posted recipe of peppers stuffed with hot dogs, kidney beans, ham and sauerkraut, among other things; familiar ingredients, but when all stuffed into peppers together, well...I was unduly, but perhaps unfairly, influenced by that post:


          1. re: bushwickgirl
            chowser Aug 5, 2010 05:38 AM

            LOL, you have a far better memory than I do! Those peppers do sound...interesting.

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            lawgirl3278 Aug 5, 2010 09:39 AM

            The cantina across from my house offered a bacon guacamole special. It was delicious.

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              chowser Aug 5, 2010 12:44 PM

              I need to make this!

        2. BobB Aug 4, 2010 11:03 AM

          Sprinkling gazpacho with shreds of serrano ham is a traditional (albeit optional) Spanish practice.

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            violabratsche Aug 4, 2010 11:18 AM

            Don't we always like a bit of smokiness when a dish is missing that something? I often reach for my bottle of dark sesame oil, using only a small amount, as the flavor is so intense. It has helped out with a bland lentil soup when no bacon was at hand, as well as dips and other non-traditional uses. Just a hint of the oil makes just about anyone get that puzzled look that says they're trying to identify that ingredient!


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            smtucker Aug 4, 2010 08:54 AM

            I crisp up a little prosciutto which is a nice addition, but for me, a little goes a long way.

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            1. re: smtucker
              Kooper Aug 4, 2010 09:13 AM

              I am a big fan of Pancetta as a replacement for Bacon. It has a bit more flavour and when sliced thin crisps up really nicely.

            2. chowser Aug 4, 2010 08:46 AM

              Add some chunks of cheese and you have BLT soup.:-)

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              1. re: chowser
                alkapal Aug 5, 2010 06:51 AM

                i don't get that cheese thing, chowser...

                1. re: alkapal
                  chowser Aug 5, 2010 08:45 AM

                  Oops, sorry. I always put cheese in a BLT. You know, because bacon isn't bad enough...

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                  MattInNJ Aug 5, 2010 07:50 AM

                  Dont you mean lettuce?

                  1. re: MattInNJ
                    chowser Aug 5, 2010 08:46 AM

                    Yeah, and lettuce wouldn't make sense. I'll confess that my BLTs are more about the bacon and then I add cheese.

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                      alkapal Aug 6, 2010 03:54 AM

                      cheese works for me. it is one of my favorite food groups, i say.

                      1. re: chowser
                        MattInNJ Aug 10, 2010 07:39 AM

                        Oh I agree, def. not about the lettuce ;-)

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