Fresh Berry Gazpacho

Berry Gazpacho

Fresh Berry Gazpacho
1 (750 milliliter) bottle Riesling
1 vanilla bean, split*
1 bunch fresh mint
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen strawberries, thawed
1/2 C water
1/3 C honey
2 T. lemon juice
1 C. fresh raspberries
1 C. fresh blueberries
1 C. fresh blackberries
Raspberry sorbet
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Bring first 3 ingredients to boil in large saucepan over medium-high heat; boil until reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Cover and chill.

Vanilla Bean
Vanilla beans look weird.

Mint in Reisling
The Reisling / mint / vanilla bean concoction smells divine.

Pour wine mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, discarding bean and mint.

Process strawberries and water in a blender until smooth; pour through wire-mesh strainer into wine mixture, discarding seeds. Stir in honey and next four ingredients; cover and chill.

Serve with raspberry sorbet; garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

Makes 8 cups. (Southern Living, 1997)

Kids scarf this right up. It's like dessert comes with dinner!

*Just a couple of things about vanilla beans. First, they are expensive. I paid $7.64 for two vanilla beans. Second, this post will show you how to split one.

Berry Gazpacho
I'm just showing the picture again because it looks SO good.


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Pop and Ice said...

Wow! You have become my go-to for fab recipes. I'm sure my daughter will enjoy this as I can't always make Strawberry Soup.

mo.stoneskin said...

I'm not familiar with vanilla beans, but if they look that weird and cost that much I'm inclined to treat them with suspicion.

Michelle Smiles said...

That looks DIVINE! Wow. I'm drooling here!

Amy said...

Pop and Ice - This would be a delightful variation on strawberry soup. It really impresses company too!

mo. - Your instincts are sound, but really - the vanilla bean is a wonderful thing.

Michelle - Girl - you have to try this. It is amazing.

Rima said...

That looks fabulous! Are you sure I couldn't just add a little more Riesling and drink it straight out of a margarita glass as big as my head?

Amy said...

Rima - that is the best idea ever put in a blog comment - ever!

Sugarplum's Mom said...

That looks and sounds divine... my Sugarplum adores berries.. we will have to try this

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

That picture of Bear makes me laugh out loud! What a cutie!

Shannanb aka Mommy Bits said...

Wow. This looks amazing. I had never heard of this before but now I must have it!!!

Rachel said...

I just keep coming back and looking at this because YUM

I love fresh vanilla beans!!!

That looks and sounds amazing.

harcoutbreton said...

I can tell from the your boy that this taste very very good. Definitely gonna try this, thanks for the recipe.

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