YIELD 6-8 servings
1 cup stale French bread cubes, crusts removed
3 cups diced peeled tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2/3 cup Green bell peppers, diced
2/3 cup peeled and diced English or other cucumber
1/3 cup diced red onion
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
Minced green bell pepper and cucumber slices, for garnish
1. In a small bowl cover bread with water; let stand 5 minutes or until bread is soft. Squeeze out water.
2. In a processor, combine bread, tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, onion and garlic; process to a coarse purée. Pour into a large bowl; stir in tomato juice, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Cover and chill 4 hours or until cold. Ladle into bowls and garnish with minced pepper and cucumber.
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