By Sally James
There’s nothing quite like a shot of fresh chilled tomato based “soup” when they are at the height of the season. Experiment with different herbs or add a splash of vodka or wine for an adults-only shooter! I’ve also topped it with a dollop of herbed Mascarpone to give a rich and decadent touch.
- 4 tomatoes diced (try heirloom or other full flavored seasonal tomatoes)
1 Persian cucumber (or 1/2 English cucumber) diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup parsley roughly chopped
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
1-2 tablespoons vodka optional
- HERBED MASCARPONE
1/3 cup mascarpone (or Crème Fraiche)
1 tablespoon yogurt plain
2 tablespoons chives snipped
2 tablespoons basil or mint chopped
- Place all the ingredients except the vodka in a blender and puree until desired consistency. Chill for an hour or overnight. For a smoother soup, strain mixture through a sieve.
- Just before serving, add the vodka and stir well. Taste and adjust seasoning or add more vodka, lemon or salt and pepper as desired. Serve in shooter glasses topped with a dollop of the mascarpone.
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