According to Mark Bittman gazpacho is “one of the best cold dishes in the world”. According to Greg Henry “green gazpacho is even better”.
Notice that’s a quote? I don’t mean to imply that those words have ever appeared in print (at least not accredited to me) but I do want to set a precedent. I do want to make my feelings known. Put something in “quotes” and folks “believe”.
And believe they should. Because gazpacho is “one of the best cold dishes in the world” (MB) and “green gazpacho is even better” (GH).
When it comes to gazpacho– it’s easy being green. Sorry Kermit, it just is. Red gazpacho requires excellent tomatoes. Excellent tomatoes aren’t always “easy”. On our screwed up globe excellent commercial tomatoes are becoming a rare and rarer globe. Just check your grocery store. Sure they get better as the weather warms. But mostly, excellent tomatoes are limited to backyards and farmers markets.
But cucumbers and green bell peppers, these are almost always good. Even way back when my mom was pinching and sniffing tomatoes in 1970s grocery stores– green bell peppers were almost always good. Heck, they may have been the only bell peppers.
Still, I doubt my mom had access to excellent tomatillos way back then. So as much as I know she would have loved my easy green gazpacho– it might have eluded her. But I live in Los Angeles (in the new millennium) where excellent tomatillos are as easy to come by as cucumbers and are as unchanged as 1970s green bell peppers.
Which is why when it comes to gazpacho– “green gazpacho is even better”. GREG