GMA: Mario Batali NY Botanical Gardens
Acclaimed chef Mario Batali joined GMA September 7 to discuss how you can use tomatoes to make delicious and healthy recipes during harvest time. It’s the end of the summer, which means it’s the perfect time to cook with tomatoes of all kinds before the cold weather moves in.
First, Mario discussed one of his favorite programs at the New York Botanical Gardens. Mario and other chefs and restaurants host their own plot, where they garden fresh foods with children in the city and then harvest them at the end of the year in order to make healthy dishes. To make your own healthy dish at home, try Mario’s (actually, it’s his mom’s!) Gazpacho recipe.
GMA: Mario Batali Gazpacho Recipe
Mario went to high school in Spain, so he’s a great source for a Gazpacho recipe. The cold vegetable soup is very healthy, and can made with practically any fresh vegetable you like. Best of all, it’s so simple almost anyone can do it. Let’s get started.
- 2 Cucumbers, peeled, halved and seeded
- 2 red bell peppers, plus 1 green cored and seeded
- 4 overripe heirloom tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 cups vegetable juice
- 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
- 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 cup croutons toasted golden brown
- In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, garlic, onion, cucumbers, peppers, vegetable juice, cayenne, salt, and vinegar. Start blending, and then add the olive oil in slowly to emulsify.
- When the vegetables are well-blended, ladle the soup into bowls and top with croutons. That’s it!
For more information on Mario’s Gazpacho recipe, head to the GMA site. There, you’ll also find more great tomato dishes, such as a summer caprese salad. You can also catch Mario on his cooking show The Chew, airing on ABC daily.