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    White Gazpacho with Bottarga Powder

    Cold soups are one of my favorite summer dishes. They are not just refreshing, but require little or no cooking (which is very important during a heat wave) and are very nutritious. Today’s recipe is a white gazpacho, a cold soup that is, with cucumber, almonds and grey mullet bottarga powder.

    This is my own version of the classic Spanish recipe White Gazpacho, or otherwise, “Ajo Blanco”, which means white garlic. And, as you understand, yes it has garlic, a shallot, a little bit of vinegar and some stale bread which, along with almonds gives “volume” in the soup, while cucumber gives it the necessary coolness. In some of the variations of the recipe you will come across the use of grape instead of cucumber. I will definitely try it sometime. For a little more intense flavor, I added 2 small chili peppers and some grey mullet bottarga powder and the result was thrilling!

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    Bottarga’s nutritional value

    Trikalinos grey mullet bottarga powder is dehydrated and grated bottarga produced exclusively from mullet eggs; a food of high nutritional value.

    The results of a survey conducted in 2006 in collaboration of Trikalinos company and the Food Laboratory of Harokopio University, showed that the grey mullet bottarga contains high amounts of protein and energy, high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, a high concentration of omega-3 fat and a healthy lipid profile reported in the ratio omega-3 / omega-6 fatty acids. Furthermore, the lipids of grey mullet bottarga showed inhibitory effect on the establishment of atherosclerotic plaques. The consumption of 10 g. grey mullet bottarga powder gives us 0,43 gr. of Omega 3 fatty acids, which contribute to the proper functioning of the heart and brain, and in the maintenance of vision.

    Grey mullet bottarga powder is the most economical option for enjoying this amazing delicacy. Use it as a “seasoning” (i.e. only a pinch). It is served beautifully with boiled or grilled fish, vegetables or seafood risotto, pasta, salads, boiled eggs and omelets, boiled vegetables etc. Trikalinos company deemed top in the production of grey mullet bottarga, which is recognized at home and abroad, by the best chefs and has won international awards. Visit the company’s site and see for yourself.

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    Almonds nutritional value

    Almonds, on the other hand, are the most dense nutrient type nut. Just 1/4 cup of almonds has almost as much calcium as 1/4 cup milk, so almonds are an important opponent of osteoporosis. Also, a handful of almonds contain 35% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents the formation of plaque. Finally, they have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It is an excellent source of magnesium, a good source of protein and fiber, and offers potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and polyunsaturated fats.

    It is obvious how nourishing and energizing this white gazpacho with grey mullet bottarga powder is. Let’s see the recipe:

    White Gazpacho with Bottarga Powder

    White Gazpacho with Bottarga Powder
    Serves 4
    My version of the classic spanish recipe for a cold soup with almonds, cucumbers, garlic, and bottarga powder.
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    Prep Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    20 min
    Prep Time
    20 min
    Total Time
    20 min
    474 calories
    29 g
    0 g
    37 g
    13 g
    4 g
    472 g
    309 g
    9 g
    0 g
    31 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    472g
    Servings
    4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 474
    Calories from Fat 316
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 37g
    57%
    Saturated Fat 4g
    19%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
    Monounsaturated Fat 24g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    0%
    Sodium 309mg
    13%
    Total Carbohydrates 29g
    10%
    Dietary Fiber 7g
    27%
    Sugars 9g
    Protein 13g
    Vitamin A
    30%
    Vitamin C
    100%
    Calcium
    17%
    Iron
    17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. • 1 ¼ cup (170 g. / 6 oz.) almonds, preferably blanched, soaked in water the night before
    2. • crumbs of ½ stale baguette (70 g. / 2.5 oz.)
    3. • 3 small cucumbers, cut into pieces
    4. • ¼ cup olive oil
    5. • 2 cloves garlic
    6. • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    7. • 1 shallot
    8. • 2 small hot red peppers
    9. • about 1 cup vegetable broth, preferably homemade
    10. • 1 pickled cucumber, cut into very thin slices, for garnish
    11. • Trikalinos grey mullet bottarga powder, for garnish
    Instructions
    1. Soak bread crumb in water for 10 minutes and then squeeze water off.
    2. Peel almonds if you have not bought blanched.
    3. Add all the ingredients into the bowl of the food processor and puree them. Start with ½ cup vegetable broth and add just enough to bring the soup to the desired consistency.
    4. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper. When done pour soup through sieve and then blend again solids.
    5. Freeze the soup for at least 1-2 hours before serving.
    6. Serve white gazpacho with grey mullet bottarga powder, garnished with very thin slices of pickled cucumber and Trikalinos grey mullet bottarga.
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    calories
    474
    fat
    37g
    protein
    13g
    carbs
    29g
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    Sources:

    http://trikalinos.gr/el/results-of-the-pasteur-institute-research-regarding-the-antithrombotic-potential-of-trikalinos-bottarga/

    http://trikalinos.gr/el/research-in-trikalinos-bottarga-from-the-harokopio-university/

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