Friday, July 29, 2011

"I've Got Enough Gazpacho For Everyone!"

From one of my all-time favorite The Simpsons episodes. "Lisa the Vegetarian" is about Lisa becoming a vegetarian after bonding with a lamb at a petting zoo. However, she gets ridiculed by her schoolmates and family (of course) for her beliefs. But after meeting Paul and Linda McCartney via a secret passage to the roof of Apu's Kwik-E Mart, she vows to vegetarianism. I'm smiling just thinking about how absurd this storyline is. But it is oh so funny.
[Homer fills the grill with lighter fluid and prepares to grill]
Lisa: Wait Dad! Good news, everyone! You don't have to eat meat! I've got enough gazpacho for everyone.
[Crowd murmurs]
Lisa: It's tomato soup, served ice cold!
[Crowd laughs out loud as Lisa growls and stomps off]
Barney Gumble: Go back to Russia!

If Lisa can enjoy gazpacho, my boys surely can, right? It was worth a try. It's been too damn hot to cook, and great way to get some veggies in.

Shrimp Gazpacho
Adapted from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast from The Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 6 plum tomatoes, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped, jarred roasted red bell peppers 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat, swirling to coat bottom of pan. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add half the shrimp; cook until browned on both sides and opaque in the center, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining shrimp (reduce heat if browning too quickly).

  2. In a food processor, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, cucumber, and half the roasted peppers; process until combined. Add tomato juice and vinegar; process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. To serve, divide tomato mixture among bowls; top with shrimp and remaining roasted peppers.

The Good: Quick and easy to prepare. The boys loved the shrimp.

The Bad: Shrimp with gazpacho flavor combo had me thinking I was eating shrimp cocktail. Not necessarily a bad thing I guess!

Grade: B+. Totally refreshing, clean dish for the summer. The boys tolerated the shrimp but wanted nothing to do with ice cold tomato soup.


  1. Love the idea of shrimp in my gazpacho and the pop culture references! Thanks for sharing.


  2. Shrimp gazpacho and The Simpsons - what can be better on a summer night :) Thanks Justin for stopping by!

  3. I love the Simpsons reference and I was thinking of using it in my own blog post about gazpacho! In fact, someone already referenced it in a comment.

    Great blog, keep it up.

    1. Thanks AJ. Great minds think alike, right? :) Looking forward to following your blog.



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