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Andalusian Chilled Tomato and Bread Soup (Salmorejo)
15 minutes plus chilling
If perfectly ripe summer tomatoes are available, use them in this simple but richly flavored, no-cook chilled soup, called salmorejo, from Andalusia in southern Spain. Campari or cocktail tomatoes also are a good choice, as they tend to be sweet year-round. Excellent results also require high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, so make sure the oil you use does not have bitter or harsh notes. Bread thickens the soup and gives it its creamy consistency; choose a crusty, country-style loaf with a relatively soft interior so the bread blends easily into the soup, but remember to remove the crust.
pounds ripe tomatoes (see headnote), cored
ounces country-style white bread (see headnote), crust removed, torn into small pieces (about 1½ cups)
01In a blender, combine the tomatoes, bread, bell pepper, garlic, sugar, vinegar and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Blend until completely smooth and no bits of tomato skins remain, about 1 minute. With the blender running, stream in the ¾ cup oil. Transfer to a large bowl, then taste and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, 2 to 4 hours.