Gazpacho Cordobes

Gazpacho Cordobes

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2 pounds plum tomatoes
2 bell peppers (we used one red, one yellow)
4 garlic cloves, peeled
5 Persian cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tbsp Sherry vinegar, or to taste
1/2 cup evoo, plus additional for drizzling
2 cups coarsely torn bread crumbs from a loaf crusty bread, with the crusts removed
1/2 tsp fresh tarragon leaves, minced
2 tsp salt, or to taste
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1 tbsp chives, minced


Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking pan with foil.
Arrange tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic cloves in baking pan and roast in upper third of oven for 30 minutes. Transfer tomatoes and garlic to a large bowl and continue to roast peppers (after flipping them over) until lightly charred, about 15 minutes more. Transfer peppers, including any juices in pan, to another large bowl and cover with saran wrap.  Let stand, covered, until peppers are cool enough to handle.
Holding tomatoes over bowl to catch juices, peel and roughly crush by hand (I removed the stems, but that is just me).  Holding peppers over their bowl to catch juices, peel peppers and discard stems and seeds.  Tear peppers roughly into pieces and add to tomatoes.  Pour pepper juice through a fine sieve into the tomato mixture.  Stir cucumbers, vinegar, and oil into tomato mixture.  Soak bread in a small bowl for 10 minutes.  Drain bread, without squeezing out excess liquid, and stir into tomato mixture with tarragon, s&p.  Chill mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day (we did it overnight).

ee mixture with an immersion blender or in a food processor to your desired level of smoothness, in batches if necessary, and return to bowl. Chill gazpacho, covered, 2 hours.

Season, if desired, with additional vinegar, s&p.  Ladle into bowls, drizzle with additional evoo and garnish with chives