Need Your Killer Tomato Soup Recipe & Grilled Cheese Inspiration
Hello Hounds! After reading through several threads, I was inspired by your tales of throwing a grilled cheese party where the host provides the bread and condiments/toppings and the guests bring the cheese. Brilliant! I can just imagine a big steaming pot of homemade tomato soup setting this over the the edge. Goodbye, Berlin cold-weather blues!
Here's where you come in:
1) Does anyone have a killer soup recipe? I am thinking something *not* laced with basil, as that might be straying too far from the Campbell's sense-memories. Also, it would preferably be based on canned tomatoes, as the fresh ones are pretty crap in Germany by now.
2) Here are some of my topping/bread ideas. What am I missing?
cranberry/sour cherry jam
pumpkin seed bread
sesame seed bread
plain white toast bread
Is beer the best beverage?
What types of cheese are you serving? I think pumpkin seed and seasme seed breads are too close... would take out the seasme seed and use pumpernickel or hearty multigrain insread.
I made a very simple tomato soup last week- shallots and garlic sauteed, salt, pepper, coarse ground tomatoes and some water.
Also, for your toppings I would include raspberry jam. I love raspberry jam and brie on a grilled cheese.
I like to mix a little curry powder into the butter for the bread to be grilled. Some people may want mayo even with the cheese.
I use some chicken base or vegetable base in the liquid for tomato soup.
I think a crisp white wine would probably be great with this too. I make a soup similar to another poster's: roasted garlic and (small, sweet) onion, good quality canned tomatoes, and I use some chicked stock (obv. if there are going to be vegetarians present veggie stock is fine too). I blend mine until it's smooth because that's what I prefer and then dump it all into a pot. Love this idea!
So America's Test Kitchen (free to access) has a creamless creamy tomato soup - http://www.americastestkitchen.com/re... - and the Ultimate Cream of Tomato Soup is on the Cooks Illustrated (pay to access) site. Can you please paraphrase the Ultimate Cream of Tomato Soup from CI, beacsue it does sound delicious!
Here goes- 2 280z can whole tomato, 3cups of juice reserved. Crush tomato slightly, spread on baking sheet and sprinkle with 1-2 tbsps brown sugar. Bake in center of oven @ 425 for 20-25 min. till liquid is gone and tomato is nicely colored. Set aside to cool. Saute 4 shallots in 4 tbs. butter add tbs. of tom. paste, pinch of allspice, reduce heat and cover to sweat shallots for 10 min. Add 2 tbs. flour to shallots and cook 1 min. Add 2 cups chix stock and the 3cups of reserved tom. juice and the roasted tomatoes. Simmer uncovered for 15-20 min. Drain into sieve or colander while saving all the liquid to go back in pot.
Put all the solids plus 1 cup of the liquid into blender and puree till velvety, eventually blending everything in batches. Return all to pot and bring to simmer on med-low heat for 5-7 min. Stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream, heat thru. Off heat, stir in 2 tbsp. cognac, brandy or sherry. Adjust seasoning w/ S&P if desired. Enjoy. CI calls for 1 3/4 cups of stock, but screw them and their silly "one cup plus one half tbsp" sh*t! They also say to seed the tomatoes, but screw THAT, too. I think that's the recipe in a nutshell. You're welcome.... adam
I did some searching, and easily found the recipe on a few food blogs. Adapted, mind u, to throw off the ATK militia who will hunt u down and threaten legal action if u post their recipes. I would post a link for you but I don't want to draw ATK attention to any one site and get someone in trouble.
YUMMMM! - I love grilled cheese and tomato soup!
I don't have a killer recipe for tomato soup (I have made Tyler Florence's a couple of times - it is good, not killer) but one of my favorite grilled cheese sandwich is made with pesto and sliced mozzarella, it is such a good tomato soup dipper!