Peach Gazpacho ~ Savory Simple

Between the power outages and website upgrades, it has been a hectic few weeks.  So you can imagine my delight when I received a gift in the mail from KitchenAid: their new Crystal Blue 5 Speed Blender.  

Peach Gazpacho & a KitchenAid Review

Everything about this machine is gorgeous. Crystal Blue is one of their latest colors and I’m tempted to redesign my entire kitchen around it.  But the real question is how does it work?

I decided to test the blender with a recipe I’ve been developing for peach gazpacho.  Peaches are in their prime right now and after the blistering summer temperatures we’ve experienced, I’m inclined to leave the oven turned off whenever possible.

Peach Gazpacho & a KitchenAid Review

The key to this recipe is ripe peaches, preferably from the farmer’s market.  The quality of your peaches will take this recipe to extraordinary heights or leave you wondering why your soup is so bland.  Trust me, I’ve made it several times with varied results.  You’re never going to get the same quality of produce at the grocery store as you will from a local roadside stand or market.   Flavor is everything in a good recipe.

Many recipes will have you blanch the peaches in hot water to remove the skins.  This actually isn’t necessary if your peaches are very ripe.  If you don’t mind getting a bit sticky, I’ve developed what I call the Twist and Squeeze™ method.   Cut the peaches in half from top to bottom.  With very clean hands, hold each peach over the blender and twist apart.  Squeeze both sides very well.  All of the pulp and juice will go straight into the blender (make sure the pit stays with you).  If this doesn’t work, your peaches aren’t ripe enough!  Discard the skins.  Much faster than blanching, I say.

Peach Gazpacho & a KitchenAid Review

How did the blender work, you ask?  Like a dream.  I used the Puree button to turn my peaches into a silky nectar.  I then used the Chop button on Pulse Mode to cut up my cucumbers.  I prefer my gazpachos to be mostly smooth, but you can adapt this recipe to suit your preferences.   You can actually just throw all of the ingredients together in the blender and chop or mix until you get the desired consistency.

I have one optional “secret” ingredient in this recipe.  You don’t need to run out and buy some but it does take the soup to the next level. I’m speaking of ripe peach vinegar.

Peach Gazpacho & a KitchenAid Review

I found this wonderful vinegar at a specialty shop in Frederick, MD called Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium.   You can order from them online or look for a similar shop in your area.  Many specialty shops carry flavored vinegar.

 

Peach Gazpacho
 
Author:
Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 7 very ripe peaches
  • 1 small shallot, diced fine
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced finely
  • 1 small or ½ large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • optional: 2 teaspoons ripe peach vinegar
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Puree the pulp and juice of the peaches (excluding the skin) in a blender until smooth.
  2. Stir in the additional ingredients by hand.
  3. Before serving, garnish each bowl with some diced cucumber, shallot and basil.

 

Disclaimer:  I received this KitchenAid Blender for free.  I did not receive any payment and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

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Comments

  1. Looks like it was a peach of a day. Nice blender :)

  2. This sounds wonderful!!

  3. Yum!! Gazpacho is one of those things I’m eager to try. Fresh peach flavor? Now that sounds incredibly refreshing on a hot day! Plus, I am adoring that crystal blue blender! The color is phenom!

  4. This looks so pretty!!

  5. Ooh, this looks delicious!! Will see if I can find some peaches this weekend at the Farmer’s Market.

  6. Looks good! How nice of KitchenAid to bedazzle you with beautiful gifts! :)

  7. Very keen on the blender, in fact all things KitchenAid. The peach gazpacho sounds pretty nice too.

  8. The color of that blender is so pretty! I love KitchenAid products; they make baking so much fun and easier. I cannot imagine making Italian meringue or bread without my big stand mixer. The recipe looks really interesting too, especially the peach vinegar. I have a vinegar obsession!

  9. Shirley says:

    Please add the email tab to the recipe page to save time for all. Thanks. Your pictures are great by the way

  10. Carolyn Chan says:

    That is such a wonderful twist on gazpacho! And I looove the colour of the blender!

  11. Oh, this just makes me want good weather even more. I think I’d be using it to make soup, given the terrible rain we’re having over here, but that Peach Gazpacho is sending me to a sunnier place

  12. wow, that gazpacho sounds lovely!

  13. That blender looks amazing and I love the color too! As for the gazpacho, what a gorgeous color. It looks like the perfect way to stay cool in this summer heat!

  14. this sounds absolutely wonderful. + i love the new blender – gorgeous color!

  15. I love the color of that blender, and it contrasts beautifully with the peaches. Sounds like a great product!

  16. Love the blue color! So pretty.

    And your recipe for Peach Gazpacho? Fabulous! I love it, and want it right now!

  17. The colour and flavour as well as overall presentation are stunning my friend :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  18. Ohhh…love the colour of the blender!

    Gazpacho looks so refreshing! And love the pictures too!

  19. Did you just switch to self hosted? The website looks great :)

  20. I am so obsessed with peaches and basil right now and this gazpacho sounds divine!

    daisy

  21. What a novel idea for gazpacho! Really love the sounds of this (and could it possibly be prettier?)

  22. A fantastic recipe! I must get some peaches to try it too. The new blender looks way too cool!

  23. I love the sound of this gazpacho, so refreshing and such a great use for the wonderful peaches we’ve had this year. I’ll try this for sure! Also love the color of your new blender, and the look of your site. Well done.

  24. Oh I agree, that blender’s color is perfect. And your gazpacho looks so very refreshing. Thank you for sharing!

  25. What a great use of peaches in this refreshing gazpacho!

  26. The vinegar is the touch of genius ;-)

  27. Beautiful peach gazpacho coming out of your new pretty blue blender! I was just reading about using raspberry vinegar in raspberry sorbet, I think I’ll give it a try-sounds pretty good to me;-)

  28. Oh, man, this sounds AMAZING! I love tomato and watermelon gazpacho, so this is right up my alley!

  29. I recently had a mind-blowing gazpacho when out for dinner, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Now I need one of these blenders and a pile of really ripe peaches. :)

  30. I love the color of that blender and the gazpacho sounds like a perfect summer treat

  31. wow this is awesome so creative and there are so many peaches right now

  32. Gosh, I can’t stop starring at your Crystal Blue beauty! Just gorgeous…. Your peach gazpacho sounds great. As a big fan of peaches I would love to try this recipe.

  33. Woah! A peach gazpacho?! That sounds incredibly delicious!! And your pictures are just amazing!

  34. Beeeeeautiful gazpacho! And oh my – that blue is one of my favorite blue shade! SUPER CUTE!!! Oh you are so lucky Jen!!

  35. Looks very refreshing, thanks for sharing!

  36. Tomato, watermelon, almond and now peach! I have never met a gazpacho I didn’t like. GREG

  37. I first had peach gazpacho in Spain last year and absolutely loved it! I’m not normally a fan of fruit in savoury dishes, but somehow it works and is so incredibly refreshing. Yours looks delicious :-)

  38. This gazpacho looks beautiful and I’m in love with the blender color! LOVE it! I am in need of a new blender… badly!

  39. LOVE that blender – that color, OMG so gorgeous and retro-ish! And the recipe, too….summertime never looked so good!

  40. I’m not sure which I prefer the recipe or the blender or both! That’s decided I love both!

  41. Looks like sth I should try :) and the blender has an amazing color.

  42. I’m stalking your gazpacho recipes because I’m hosting a bridal shower next week and I already have two tomatoey items…but I want gazpacho shooters. This one looks like it would be great! Could this be made ahead one or two days if left sealed and cold?

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