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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apple and Basil Gazpacho

Today is Crazy Ingredient Challenge Day!  CIC is the headed up by Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade - this is one group of talented chefs who come up with these recipes each month, made with, well, crazy ingredients!

I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I heard that this month's ingredients were apples and basil.  I love both ingredients in both sweet and savory recipes.  The Apple and Basil Gazpacho I made is sort of a combination of both!

This is a super recipe for hot weather (something we've had a lot of lately).  And if you're not in the mood for something cold?  Try it hot - also delicious!

I love the flavor of the basil with the bright strong flavor of the apples.  I used cinnamon basil that I have growing in my yard - just the perfect flavor combination!

Before you get to my recipe, see what other fantastic recipes that my fellow Crazy Ingredient Chefs have made:

Apple and Basil Gazpacho

by Susan @ Love from the Kitchen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes plus 3 hours to chi
Keywords: blender soup/stew Apple Basil
Ingredients (Serves 6)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced, plus one for garnish
  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped, plus several sprigs to garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the apples and saute until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend unti smooth.
  5. Stir in the heavy cream and remove from heat.
  6. Chill for three hours and serve cold.
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  1. Looks amazing. Nice use of the two ingredients this month

  2. Cinnamon basil? I've never seen that, I bet this was delicious.

  3. I wanted to use cinnamon basil but couldn't find it anywhere.