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  RECIPE TITLE "Gazpacho Mousse" recipe from Cooking with the 60 Minute Gourmet

yields Yield: 4 servings. time --- difficultyeasy

I love the Spanish soup gazpacho. In fact, I love all kinds of fresh vegetable purées when my garden is in full bloom. This is a delicious twist on gazpacho. The soup is seasoned, then bound with a little gelatin. It makes a great seasonal starter.


1/2 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
3/4 cup peeled, seeded, and finely diced tomatoes
3/4 cup peeled, seeded, and finely diced cucumber
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallion
4 tablespoons cored, seeded, and finely diced sweet red pepper
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, loosely packed
1 envelope granular gelatin
3 egg whites (about 1/3 cup)

Cooking with the 60 Minute Gourmet
Cooking with the 60 Minute Gourmet Features newly discovered recipes from the late Pierre Franey's classic New York Times column. This cookbook combines all that was great about Pierre Franey's cooking: fresh, flavorful ingredients, ease of preparation, and the commandment: Don't spend all evening in the kitchen.


1. Put the bread crumbs, garlic, and oil into the container of a food processor or electric blender. Blend thoroughly.

2. Add 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, the vinegar, chopped scallion, diced red pepper, the tomato juice, sugar, and half the basil. Blend as smoothly as possible. Scrape the liquid into a mixing bowl and add the remaining tomatoes, cucumber, and basil. Blend well.

3. Pour about 1/4 cup of the sauce into a pan and add the gelatin. Cook, stirring, over very low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Combine the rest of the gazpacho with the gelatin mixture and blend well. Let cool but do not allow the mixture to set.

4. Beat the egg whites until they stand in soft peaks. Scrape them into the gazpacho mixture and blend well with a whisk.

5. Lightly oil the inside of 4 individual half-cup soufflé dishes, ramekins, or other molds. Spoon or ladle equal portions of the gazpacho mixture into each mold. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. To serve, run a knife around the inside of each mold. Set the molds briefly in a basin of warm water. Wipe off the bottom of the molds, and invert each on a plate.

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