Creole Spiced Seafood Gazpacho

TOTAL TIME: 6 hr 50 min
Prep: 6 hr 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
LEVEL: --

ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds Creole tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 each red peppers, rough chopped
  • 2 each medium yellow onions, rough chopped
  • 2 each cucumbers, peeled and rough chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups V-8 juice
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup Absolut Pepper Vodka
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of Liquid Crab Boil
  • juice of 4 lemons
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Directions

In a food processor with a metal blade, combine the chopped vegetables, shallots, garlic, horseradish, and cilantro. Puree the mixture until slightly smooth. Add the V-8 juice, Absolute Pepper Vodka, Worcestershire sauce, juice from 2 lemons and the liquid crab boil. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper. Remove the mixture from the food processor and refrigerate for 6 hours, so the flavors can marry. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the vegetables and blanch for 1 minute. Remove and shock the vegetables in a bowl of ice water. Remove the vegetables and pat dry. In a mixing bowl, whisk the extra virgin olive oil and remaining lemon juice together. Add the herbs and whisk well. Season with salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl, toss the brunoise vegetables with 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Toss each of the seafoods with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. To assemble, place a pile of each seafood in the bowls. Ladle the gazpacho into each bowl. Spoon the vegetable relish in the center of each bowl. Garnish with the herb salad.

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