Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Recipes and Food

July 12, 2012

BBQ: Cool off with a refreshing grilled soup


Sprinkle the hot coals with hickory chips, or place the smoke box filled with hickory chips in your gas grill. If you don't have a smoke box, create one with aluminum foil. Google it if you need instructions.

Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds, leaving as much flesh as possible. Cut the red and yellow peppers in half and get rid of the seeds. Slice the tomatoes into quarters. Place the peppers and tomatoes on the cool side of the grill. Cover with the lid, and let smoke for 20 to 30

minutes. Take off of grill and allow to cool.

Cut all vegetables into small chunks. Place each vegetable individually into a food processor and puree', but don't go overboard. As each vegetable is pureed, pour it into a large bowl.

Once all pureed vegetables are in the bowl, add the finely chopped garlic, tomato juice, olive oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Cover and let chill for a couple of hours.

The longer, the better. A tablespoon of Greek yogurt per serving is a nice and creamy addition.

Serve with a crusty bread and a nice Pilsner beer or a crisp Pinot Grigio.

Be a vegetarian for a day. It won't kill ya!

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