Shrimp Gazpacho with a Southern Twist ! Delicious, With many Health Benefits!
I want to share my recipe for Shrimp Gazpacho with a Southern Twist! This is so refreshing and delicious, especially during the warmer months that are just ahead! It also sports many health benefits! I grew up in southern Georgia so almost all of my recipes will have a Southern touch to them. My mother was a great cook and I got my love of cooking from watching her prepare special meals for our family.
Health studies have shown that people who eat one cup of gazpacho 2 to 3 times a week enjoy many health benefits including lower blood pressure. Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, which is believed to lower your risk of some cancers.
Clean and shell fresh , wild caught shrimp ( do some research on farm raised shrimp and you will see why I specify “wild caught”!) Allow at least 6 per guest or serving. Bring to a boil enough of you favorite beer to cover the shrimp, add in the shrimp and turn off burner. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the sauce. This serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as the main meal.
For the sauce, mix together:
2- cloves chopped garlic
3- tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2- tbsp. good balsamic vinegar
2- tbsps. frozen lime or orange juice , depending on the flavor you want.
A good splash or two of Worcestershire sauce.
A dash of Tobasco, or to taste.
Sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 c. chopped , vine ripened tomatoes, including juice or canned , chopped tomatoes including juice.
1- red bell pepper , chopped.
Chopped celery, 2 or 3 stalks
1/2 c. chopped fresh watercress* , you can substitute parsley or basil , if you can’t get watercress.
A healthy glug of Ketchup; one made without high fructose corn syrup.
Add the cooked shrimp and chill thoroughly. Before serving, garnish with some fried corn kernels (you can use frozen corn) , slices of avocado, sprig of watercress and 2 or 3 shrimp placed artistically on top!
Serve with some homemade corn bread or crusty garlic bread, and there, you have Shrimp Gazpacho with a Southern Twist! Enjoy!!
* Water cress is a super green! Ounce per Ounce it has more vitamin C than an orange and more calcium that whole milk. It has tons of beta-carotene and vitamin A, and is a better source of vitamins C, B1, B6, K, E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc and Potassium than apples, broccoli and tomatoes. I say eat more watercress!!
Wishing you Healthy living with Joy and style!