Spanish Chilled Almond and Garlic Soup
Why This Recipe Works
White gazpacho is a chilled Spanish soup of almonds, bread, and garlic. It predates the more familiar tomato-based version and has a creamy sophisticated flavor that belies its short ingredient list. To achieve the best texture, we begin by grinding the almonds in a blender before incorporating the bread and garlic. Then we emulsify the olive oil into the base for our soup and finally thin it down with water to get the correct consistency. Our white gazpacho’s flavor is enhanced with a tiny addition of almond extract. This pop of sweet, floral notes balances the assertiveness of the olive oil and garlic. We further emphasize these notes with garnishes of toasted almonds and sliced green grapes.