It’s funny how easily I forget things that I once loved so much. These open-faced sandwiches were a favorite of mine while living in Germany. Wonderfully smoked meats or salamis atop the freshest of seeded breads or crusty rolls with a slice of Brie, hard-cooked egg, and a pickle or cucumber slice were so simple, yet sophisticated. But the best part- the thickest, freshest, most decadent layer of butter spread over that bread. One of my favorite sandwiches came from the train stop on Post. It was a Black Forest Ham with a thick spread of butter on a crusty roll, then all wrapped in paper for my train ride into the city center. For a picnic in the park the other day, my new neighbor from Germany jogged my memory by bringing those German Sandwiches I had once loved so much and I wondered to myself, “how did I let myself forget these?” I daintily devoured three of her sandwiches and had to make a plate of my own for our dinner last night.
This Chunky Gazpacho is my favorite gazpacho recipe that I served in little espresso cups along side my German Sandwiches. The thing I love so much about Gazpacho; every bite is a surprise. Will I get a bit of oregano or basil with this bite or a tomato and cucumber, or how about some corn? Love it. This recipe is zippy and refreshing.
Chunky Gazpacho- from my friend Jennifer
8 really ripe tomatoes, chopped- I removed most of the seeds
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/2 vidalia onion chopped fine
5 green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. horseradish
1 T. fresh oregano, chopped
1 T. fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
juice of one lemon
4 cups V8 or favorite tomato juice, I used Trader Joe’s Garden Patch
1-2 tsp. hot pepper sauce, I used Sriracha with extra garlic
1 ear cooked corn on the cob, kernels removed- my addition
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight. Serve cold. Makes about 12 cups.
Note- My tomatoes were not the huge Beef Steak variety. My guess is that they were probably Early Girl’s, about 2-3 inches across. I used 12.