Monday, 14 September 2015

CHUNKY TOMATO-BASIL SOUP & GRILLED CHEESE SKEWER

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CHUNKY TOMATO-BASIL SOUP & GRILLED CHEESE SKEWER

Slightly sweet tomato soup & a salty grilled cheese sandwich go hand in hand. This classic comfort combination has always been delicious, but personally I like my grilled cheese crispy right before I dip it & bite, rather than getting soggy laying in the soup. So I decided to come up with a creative way to reinvent the plating technique. A long skewer was perfect, no need to get your hands dirty, bite size crispy sandwich pieces over homemade chunky tomato-basil soup. 


INGREDIENTS

4 large tomatoes
1 onion
1 carrot
1 clove garlic
1 small bunch of fresh basil
250 ml canned tomatoes
100 ml chicken broth (preferably homemade)
1 beef bouillon cube
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

2 slices of multigrain bread
1 skewer
1 slice aged cheddar cheese
1 tsp butter
sea salt


METHOD

Slice onion, carrot, tomatoes, & garlic into large pieces. No need to peel carrot. 

Saute onions, carrots, & garlic with olive oil.  Toss in tomatoes, stir for 30 seconds, & pour in chicken broth. Then add canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil, turn off heat, & let pot cool. 

Pour contents into blender, top with basil leaves & blend until smooth. Pour back into pot, add beef bouillon cube & dried rosemary. Simmer & stir to keep warm. 

In the meantime, spread butter over one side of each slice of bread. Grill in pan, put aged cheddar cheese in between slices & sprinkle with sea salt. Cut diagonally in an X formation to make triangles. 

Pour soup into bowl, top with sea salt & freshly ground black pepper. Skewer grilled cheese triangles & lay over bowl. Garnish with basil. 



XO
Kiran & THE BLANK PLATE



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