Budget-friendly meal: Cucumber gazpacho

Cucumber gazpacho
Makes 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 lb Celery -- $2.69 per serving
  • 1 3/4 lb Fennel -- $3.36 per serving
  • 2/3 lb Cucumber -- 0.58 per serving
  • 1/4 lb Honey -- $1.00 per serving
  • 1/4 lb Pine Nuts -- $2.00 per serving
  • 1 1/2 oz Mint -- 0.15 per serving
  • 1/4 lb Brioche Bread -- $1.55 per serving
  • 1 1/2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil -- $4.45 per serving
  • 1/4 cup Sherry Vinegar -- $5.48 per serving
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper -- .16 per serving
Directions:
  1. Clean celery, fennel and cut into julienne. Blanch vegetables and mint in salted water for one minute. Put immediately into ice bath.

  2. Soak the bread in vinegar and put into a hermetically sealed receptacle with the blanched vegetables and remaining ingredients (except olive oil) for 12 hours.

  3. Blend ingredients. While blending, pour a thin stream of olive oil to emulsify mixture.

  4. Season and refrigerate until serving. Serve in a shot glass with lemon granita and bread wrapped shrimp.
Lemon Granita

Ingredients:
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar -- 0.18 per serving
  • ½ cup lemon juice -- 0.69 per serving
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil to dissolve sugar.

  2. Place in freezer for at least 4 hours

  3. Remove from freezer and scrape with fork.
Bread Wrapped Shrimp

Ingredients:
  • 4 Louisiana white shrimp -- $7.00 per serving
  • 4 slices baguette (lengthwise) -- 0.62
  • Salt and pepper .18
  • 4 wooden brochettes
  • Olive oil .20 -- per serving
Directions:
  1. Remove the shell of the shrimp. Season.

  2. Place each shrimp on a brochette.

  3. Wrap in baguette slices.
  • Wrap baguette wrapped shrimp in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour.

  • Heat cast-iron pan on high. Add olive oil and then shrimp. Cook on all sides till golden brown.

  • Use to garnish gazpacho. >> PRINT A SHOPPING LIST FOR THIS RECIPE

    Costs:
      $3.00 a serving


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