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Chilled Tomato Soup, Gazpacho Style

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Serves 6

“Chefs from Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, collaborated
on this wonderful summer soup, using only organic produce.
This recipe is their version of the Spanish classic.” 

For the Soup:
1 dried ancho chile, stemmed
and seeded
1 1⁄2 cups crustless, cubed day-old
country white bread
2–3 cloves garlic, peeled
5 pounds best available vine-
ripened red tomatoes, halved
1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the Relish:
1⁄2 pound mixed varieties and colors
small vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded,
and diced
1 small sweet yellow bell pepper,
cored, seeded, and diced
1⁄2 small red onion, peeled and diced
Leaves from 1⁄2 bunch chervil, chopped
Leaves from 1⁄2 bunch basil, chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 slices country white bread, brushed
with extra-virgin olive oil, toasted, and
rubbed with 1 clove peeled garlic

1. For the soup: Soak chile in a bowl of hot water until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain, peel, and crush to a paste with a mortar and pestle;
set aside. Soak bread cubes in a medium bowl of cold water until
soft, about 5 minutes. Drain, squeeze out excess water, and set
aside. Crush garlic with 2 tablespoons salt to a paste with a mortar
and pestle, add soaked bread, and grind until smooth; set aside.
Grate cut side of tomatoes just to skin on large holes of box grater
into a strainer set over a large bowl, straining out seeds and press-
ing through as much pulp as possible; discard skins. Stir reserved
chile paste, garlic-bread paste, and oil into tomato pulp and season
to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
2. For the relish: Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions,
chervil, basil, vinegar, oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium
bowl. Divide soup between 6 bowls; add a generous spoonful of
relish and a slice of toast to each bowl.

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