Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gazpacho Shooters with Spicy Shrimp for #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to ‪#‎10DaysofTailgate‬ hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! This event runs rom September 20th through September 30th with nearly two dozen bloggers and more than one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. A huge thank you goes to the event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and check back throughout the event. Don't forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too.

It's time for the opening kickoff of this virtual tailgate gathering, so let's get the party rolling!

Tailgating can be a little different here in Seattle where many fans arrive at University of Washington games by boat, and sailgate afloat. Early-season games are often held in sunny 70-80 degree weather, so this chilled Gazpacho Shooter with Spicy Shrimp would be a welcome starter. 

Is this a family-friendly appetizer, a soup, a colorful salad, or an adult beverage with an added shot of vodka? It could be any of the above; the difference is all in the details. Whichever option you choose, gazpacho is deliciously refreshing, a perfect kickoff to warm-weather tailgate parties anywhere.

  • To save time, you can prepare the Gazpacho a day ahead and hold it in the fridge; the texture and taste actually improve with an overnight rest. 
  • Cook the Spicy Shrimp ahead of time to serve chilled, or grill them just before serving to serve warm. 
  • Offer the soup chunky to sip as an easy-to-eat appetizer, with or without a spoon. 
  • Or puree all of the ingredients in a blender and pour; add a shot of vodka or tequila to each glass and you have a zesty, Better-Than-A-Bloody-Mary beverage that's colorful and loaded with flavor. 
  • Increase the vegetables/decrease the liquid, go light on the blender action and shazam! it's a Gazpacho Salad to serve as a light, healthy option. After all, not everyone yearns for chili, sausage rolls, wings, ribs, pulled pork, loaded nachos, etc. before a game - I do love those traditional tailgate offerings, just not so much in 80+ degree weather. 

Gazpacho Shooters

Yield depends on size of glass - I filled 12 shooter glasses and 6 small bowls with this batch.

1 TB Gourmet Gardens Garlic in a tube, or 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
generous 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs, no crusts
3 cups low-sodium V-8 juice
1 poblano pepper, cut in small dice
1 sweet pepper, red, orange or yellow, cut in small dice
4 large tomatoes; peel, seed and dice  
1/2 large, sweet onion or one bunch of scallions, small dice
1 English cucumber; peel, seed and dice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 TB red wine vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. cumin
1 small jalapeño, seed and dice, OR use Sriracha, Tabasco or other hot sauce (quantity to your taste)
Spicy Shrimp* (recipe follows)

Optional Toppings:
picks or skewers of diced avocado and tiny cherry tomatoes
fresh cilantro, basil or parsley, coarsely chopped
a dollop of salsa

  1. Combine garlic, bread crumbs, half of the V-8 juice and half of the sweet pepper, tomatoes, onion and cucumber in a food processor or blender and puree. 
  2. In a pitcher or bowl, combine the puree with the remaining V-8 juice, diced veggies, oil, vinegar and seasonings. Blend with a spoon; taste and adjust seasonings. Taste again. The soup should be thick, chunky and slightly glossy from the oil. Chill for an hour or two, or overnight. Stir before serving.
  3. To serve, pour into a small glass and top with a skewer of Spicy Shrimp. Note: If fresh or frozen shrimp are not available, top with fresh cilantro or parsley, cubed avocado and a cherry tomato, or commercial salsa  (Do not use canned shrimp!! They can be nasty disappointing.) 

Spicy Shrimp


use large shrimp, at least 1 per shooter glass
salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
1 Tablespoon butter
ground chipotle pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika (pimenton)
1-2 teaspoons garlic, minced or use Gourmet Gardens Garlic in a tube
Sriracha or other hot sauce, to taste

  1. Heat the oil and butter in a medium sauté pan and cook over medium-high heat until the butter melts. Add the chipotle pepper, paprika, garlic and hot sauce and cook for a minute or two until fragrant, stirring or swirling the pan occasionally.
  2. Sprinkle the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook until barely done, just a minute or two on each side until they turn pink. Remove the shrimp from the pan, skewer each with a long pick and add to each serving of Gazpacho.
  3. OR make the sauce and keep it warm. Thread the raw shrimp on a double-prong metal skewer and grill on a lightly-oiled barbecue for a minute or two until just cooked through, brushing with sauce frequently while they cook. Serve as above in step 2.
Note: Gourmet Garden is a sponsor of #10DaysofTailgate, but I purchased my own product. I love this company and have used many of their high-quality products in my home kitchen and boat galley for years.

Click below to explore more tempting tailgate food from the #10DaysofTailgate bloggers.

And here's what the team brought to the table...

Loaded Baked Nacho Supreme by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Baked Blueberry Pork Egg Rolls by The Pajama Chef
Gazpacho Shooters with Spicy Shrimp by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Soft Pretzels and Buffalo Cheese Dip by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cheesy Bean Dip by Making Miracles
Garden Fresh Salsa by Eliot’s Eats
Pineapple Salsa by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Devilish 7-Layer Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
War Eagle Sangria by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Iowa Sunrise by From Gate to Plate

Deviled Egg Potato Salad by Cooking In Stilettos

El Diablo’d Lamb Lollipops by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Ginger Chicken Kabobs by Summer Scraps
Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Baked Mac and Cheese  with Bacon Pretzel Topping by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Asian Duck Sliders  by Curious Cuisiniere
Pineapple Chile Lime Wings by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love and Confections

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies by The Spiffy Cookie


  1. Those look absolutely divine - fresh and flavorful! Great addition to the #10DaysofTailgate line-up for today! :)

  2. Absolutely delicious! These are perfect for tailgating.

  3. Sailgate?!? That's SO cool. Thanks for posting this and for participating in #10DaysofTailgate, Dee. I have a gazpacho planned for later this event, too. So good.

  4. This looks delish!! I'm a sucker for anything with shrimp, so I have to try this!

  5. Sailgating!? That sounds so fun!! What a great way to start the #10DaysofTailgate.

    1. Isn't this going to be a great 10 days of tailgate recipes!!

  6. What an awesome presentation!! These look gorgeous! The Gourmet Gardens products ROCK! Great tailgating recipe! :-)

  7. sailgate? how fun! your gazpacho looks so good!

    1. Somehow "sailgate" sounds tons more fun than "watergate", LOL
      Thanks for the compliment.

  8. I'll take the adult beverage please. It sounds lovely

    1. One shooter coming right up - one shrimp or two?

  9. Definitely a great way to serve gazpacho, and less mess at any tailgate party. Your shrimp sounds delicious, and the recipe has some lovely flavors combined. Yum, Hugs, Terra

    1. Your Spicy Bourbon Shots plus a shooter or two could add some celebration to any kickoff!

  10. Let me just say that I will take mine as an adult beverage with vodka please. Such versatile recipe ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

    1. Thanks, Bea... perhaps to accompany one of your delicious meatloaf sandwiches.

  11. I may not like shrimp but I cannot deny that presentation, it looks great!

    1. No worry, I'll eat your share of the shrimp, Erin. Thanks for the compliment.

  12. sailgate! Cute. I love tailgating in Seattle! I lived there for 7 years! So fun to meet you this weekend!

    1. Thanks for connecting, Holly. Me too, meeting you. I'm SO impressed with your photography and look forward to reading through more of your posts.


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