Tomato-Orange Aspic

  • Serves

    serves 6


This is an easy-to-prepare first course that captures the essence of summer.


  • 6 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 12 tsp. unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 14 cup bottled tomato juice
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 34 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


Step 1

Working over a bowl, grate tomatoes using the large-hole side of a box grater; discard skins. Strain pulp and juice through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl; press gently to extract all the liquid. You should have about 2 cups. (Discard solids.)

Step 2

Pour 2⁄3 cup water into a small pot; sprinkle gelatin over water; let soften, 1–2 minutes. Heat mixture over medium-low heat, stirring, to dissolve gelatin, 1–2 minutes. Remove from heat; add 1⁄2 cup reserved fresh tomato juice; stir to combine. Add remaining fresh tomato juice, bottled tomato juice, orange juice, salt, and pepper; stir well.

Step 3

Divide mixture between six 3⁄4-cup bowls; let chill, covered, until set, 5–6 hours. Garnish with basil leaves.

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