Nothing cools down a sweltering summer day like a fresh and chilled soup. With temperatures skyrocketing across the country, there’s something to be said about a simple, delicious dish.
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Make the most out of the summer months and the fresh array of greens available. Cool, refreshing, and loaded with seasonal fruits and veggies, cold soups make a great app for warm summer nights of entertaining. Start with a Gazpacho, a popular summer staple that can be made with a variety of fresh produce.
To make a tomato gazpacho, simply blend together in your food processor the following ingredients: tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, almonds, water, vinegar, and salt. Blend until smooth.
Another summertime favorite is chilled cucumber soup with yogurt. To make, process cucumbers, chives, mint, parsley, milk, sour cream, and yogurt. Let chill for an hour, and you’re finished!
To add a satisfying crunch to the creamy soup, whip up a bowl of crispy homemade crackers. To prepare, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Blend 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons basil, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil into a food processor. Cuisinart makes a great four cup food processor priced at an affordable $60. Add ½ cup water to the mix, and pulse until the dough is sticky. Remove the dough and cut into four pieces, then let rest for 10 minutes. Roll the dough out as thinly as possible without ripping, then place on a sheet of parchment paper. Bake for 4-5 minutes, then flip for an additional 4-5 minutes. Turn the oven off, and let the crackers sit for 1-2 hours to get dry and crispy.
Break into tiny pieces, season with sea salt, and dip them into your finished chilled soups. Soup and crackers are the cool way to stay chill this summer.