Blades’ Bistro Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe

Gazpacho recipe
Photo: by Kitty Leaken

Watermelon Gazpacho
recipe from Chef/Owner Kevin Bladergroen
of Blade’s Bistro

1 lb seedless watermelon meat (set some cubes aside for garnish)
3 red bell peppers de-seeded, coarsely chopped
3 cucumbers, peeled, de-seeded, then coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
½ lb seasoned croutons (can omit for gluten-free)
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Romesco (Spanish Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce)

peppersfrom The Spanish Table
Anna, manager of The Spanish Table, has taken a page out of Steve Winston’s book by the same name. Romesco is a sauce from the Catalan region of Spain. This sauce is infinitely variable, can be as hot and spicy as desired and is a perfect use for homegrown tomatoes or Northern New Mexico chiles. The Spanish Table sells Romesco by the jar.

Prep time 30 minutes

4-5 nora peppers, re-hydrated with boiling water (can substitute 4 tbsp sweet pimenton)
1 small red guindilla pepper (cayena) if desired
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for frying
1 slice to 1/3 cup stale bread
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 cup almonds or hazelnuts or pine nuts (can substitute walnuts)
1 tomato, peeled and seeded (Roasting tomato adds depth to sauce.)
1 sprig parsley (optional)
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar (optional)
4 Tablespoons reserved liquid from nora peppers

Cover nora peppers with water and bring to boil. Allow to steep for 30 minutes. Reserving the liquid, remove stems and seeds while saving flesh and skin.

Fry nuts in olive oil until brown. Remove with slotted spoon. Fry stale bread in olive oil, adding more oil if necessary.

Put garlic and salt in mortar and blend together with a pestle. Or put in food processor and given them several bursts. If making spicy Romesco, add hot pepper. Add cooled nuts with bread and grind. Add nora peppers and blend in. If using parsley, add now. If using tomato, add now.

Season with a splash of vinegar. If serving with vegetables, add a bit more vinegar. If serving with fish, omit vinegar. If sauce is too thick, add a splash of extra-virgin olive oil. As with all sauces, running the sauce through a food processor yields a smoother, more sophisticated product. Leave it chunky for cocina pobre.

The Spanish Table is located at 109 N. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, 505.986.0243. www.spanishtable.com.