Lapsang Souchong Gazpacho

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May 18th, '13, 04:54
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Lapsang Souchong Gazpacho

by kelpfrond » May 18th, '13, 04:54

Some time ago, while making gazpacho, I suddenly craved for a stronger, fuller flavor. I had some good Lapsang Souchong on hand, and an intuition to put some in the blender. The result was fantastic... the umami of the tomatoes & garlic combined wonderfully with the smokey aroma, yielding a rich, complex gazpacho, esp. suitable for spring/autumn when cooling off isn't its main purpose. I never again made gazpacho without and over the past few weeks was getting increasingly proud of my well-liked invention. Until the day I googled it and found out it's nothing new :oops: :lol:. See e.g. http://teahorse.co.uk/info/smoky-lapsang-gazpacho/ -- though it calls for 2 heaped teaspoons per 1kg of tomatoes whereas I found a very small amount, less than 1 teaspoon for sure, to work better. It's really delicious! 8)

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May 21st, '13, 14:19
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Re: Lapsang Souchong Gazpacho

by teaisme » May 21st, '13, 14:19

this I have to try thanks :mrgreen:

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May 21st, '13, 16:48
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Re: Lapsang Souchong Gazpacho

by victoria3 » May 21st, '13, 16:48

Thanks I'm definitely going to try this since I make gazpacho every summer. Do you also steep your leaves in vinegar and discard them? I bet its a bit smoky tasting?

May 22nd, '13, 05:20
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Re: Lapsang Souchong Gazpacho

by kelpfrond » May 22nd, '13, 05:20

I've been only putting some leaves directly in the mix. Adds little black specks after blending. I'd suggest using your favorite gazpacho recipe & adding ~1 teaspoon per 1kg tomatoes (~1.3-1.4kg gazpacho) and see where you want to take it from there.

The leaves have to be very finely blended, so if you like coarser-textured gazpacho, perhaps it's better to pre-blend them with some tomato or try the vinegar steep.

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