Salmorejo (Spanish Chilled Tomato Soup)
First of all: it’s Spanish. Secondly: raw tomatoes are the main ingredient. And last but no least: salmorejo is served cold as a starter soup slash appetizer. That’s it. No need to add raw cucumber, celery or shallots.
One important ingredient makes it distinctively different from gazpacho: the white bread. This gives it a much thicker consistency and creamier texture without adding dairy such as butter, milk or cream. Gazpacho can easily be served as an appetizing drink whereas this soup is best eaten with a spoon because of its thicker consistency and the traditional garnish on top: chopped serrano ham and crumbled hard-boiled egg.
You can make half of the soup a day in advance: pour the blended tomatoes, garlic, bread and olive oil through a sieve and chill the drained soup in the fridge. You just have to add vinegar, pepper and salt to taste the day itself. Easy!
Also take a look at another Spanish chilled soup: ajo blanco with almonds and bread.
- 1 lb fresh tomatoes (450 g)
- 1 tsp garlic chopped
- 3,5 oz bread (100 g), crusts removed
- ⅓ cup red wine vinegar (80 ml)
- 1 hard-boiled egg crumbled
- 2 slices serrano ham chopped
- ⅓ cup olive oil (60 ml)
- Soak the white bread in a little water for 5 minutes.
- Drain the bread and squeeze it out. Roughly chop the ripe tomatoes. Add them together with the chopped garlic and the white bread to a clean blender.
- Pulse into a fine mixture. Add the the olive oil.
- Pulse well again into a silky smooth reddish soup. Place a fine sieve over a large pan or bowl and pour in the tomato soup.
- Stir the soup in the sieve well using a spatula or a spoon until you end up with a coarse pulp.
- Discard this tomato and bread pulp. Add half of the vinegar and a little pepper and salt to the tomato soup.
Stir well. Check the seasoning and add extra vinegar, pepper or salt to taste. Transfer the soup to a glass jug and chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Then stir the salmorejo soup well and pour it into bowls, deep plates or glasses. Garnish with crumbled hard-boiled egg, chopped Serrano ham and a few drops of olive oil right before serving.