I love fresh tomatoes right off the vine. Import ripe red tomatoes from your garden or from a community farmer’s market, roadside produce stand or even the ‘locally grown’ section of the neighborhood grocer. You gotta try this ‘scoup’, a cold soup, as a starter for a delicious lunch or dinner. I could drink the stuff it is so good. In fact, this recipe is a 2-4-1 because you can put it on the rocks with a lime slice for garnish.
Enjoying this tomatoey scoup reminds me of gently encouraging my kids to eat tomatoes when they were growing up. Tasting food is one of our family values. Some foods, for example tomatoes, are more important than others. Fresh or canned, they make their way into so many dishes that it’s a good flavor to get under your culinary belt. Most kids aren’t born with a natural affinity for them as it’s an acquired taste. All four of my kids love tomatoes and found that appreciation at a fairly young age. That is except my youngest son Russell. He was fairly resistant and would routinely pick them out of salads, sandwiches and dishes. No worries. When he was about 14 or so he was out with some friends and stopped at a burger joint. The hamburger he ordered had a slice of tomato on it and in the crowded car he just couldn’t extract it. Alas! He determined to bite into new territory. His reaction, “Wow, that’s pretty good.” From then on he requested tomatoes on his burgers, homemade or otherwise, and loves them in all kinds of dishes and salads. Totally tomatoes, this watermelon colored scoup with a little kick and sassiness is one that Russell would love.
1. Puree tomatoes in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Strain puree through a fine sieve set over a bowl.
3. Add jalapeno juice, Worcestershire and lime juice. Salt to taste.
• Exchange jalapeno juice for pepperocini or other spicy vinegar juice.
• In the summer, pair this scoup with a grilled cheese sandwich for a classic combination.
• Tomato Mary—Pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Makes 4 glasses. To make one glass, use 1 1/4 cups chopped tomatoes, 4 tsp jalapeno juice, 1 tsp Worchestershire, juice from ½ lime and a dash of kosher salt.
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