Corn gazpacho is a great starter for Fourth of July party

Corn gazpacho with garlic croutons.

The Associated Press

Corn Gazpacho with Garlic Croutons

Start to finish: 2 hours 55 minutes (55 active)

Servings: 4

4 cups fresh corn kernels

1½ cups coarsely chopped peeled English cucumber plus 1 cup diced peeled English cucumber

1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled

¼ cup lime juice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup halved or quartered cherry tomatoes

1 cup diced red bell pepper

1 tablespoon minced serrano chile with the seeds

Shredded fresh basil for garnish

For the croutons:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed

1 teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon chile powder

⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

3 ounces (about 3 slices) firm white bread, crusts removed and cut into ½-inch dice (you should have about 2 cups)

Make the soup:

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil, add the corn and boil for 1 minute. Drain the corn into a colander and run cold water over it to cool it down. Set aside 1 cup of the kernels and in a blender combine the remaining corn kernels, the coarsely chopped cucumber, garlic, lime juice, oil and salt and puree until very smooth.

Transfer the puree to a bowl and stir in the remaining corn kernels, diced cucumber, tomatoes, red bell pepper and chile. Taste and adjust seasoning and chill for at least 2 hours and up to two days ahead before serving.

Make the croutons:

Preheat the oven to 300 F. In a bowl combine the oil, garlic, chile powder and salt, add the bread cubes and toss well. Spread the croutons out on a parchment-lined rimmed sheet pan and bake them on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bread squares are crisp and beginning to brown. Let cool.

To serve: Divide the soup among 4 bowls and top each portion with the croutons and some shredded basil.

Nutrition information per serving: 359 calories; 139 calories from fat; 16 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 409 mg sodium; 55 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 8 g protein.




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