04 June 2008

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

It's a classic combo. But, everyone knows that canned tomato soup is awful stuff. Rubbish, really. Even if you do make it with milk, it is still barely palatable. It reminds me quite a bit of diluted ketchup. So don't eat it. Just stop eating it from here on out, okay?

Instead, make the soup like this:

Tomato Soup
2 small onions
2 garlic cloves
Bacon (you can decide the quantity based on your own budget and cravings for bacon)
3 cans of diced tomatoes
3 cups of chicken broth
1/2 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup grated cheese (Mozzarella is best, but most anything will do, really.)
1/3 cup of cream (Milk is a fair substitute. Cream cheese can work, but it tends to be a bit clumpy.)

Saute the onions, garlic and chopped bacon in butter until the onions are clear. It will smell so good that you will want to sit down and eat it. Refrain from doing that. Add the cans of tomato and the tomato puree. Then add the chicken broth. Add about a teaspoon of sugar to cut the acidity of the canned tomatoes. Heat through to a low boil. Add the cheese gradually and stir it in. If you add it all at once, it will be clumpy and will not melt properly. Then add the cream. If you are using cream cheese, you will need to try to smash the clumps so that it will become a little bit creamy. Even if it remains a bit clumpy, it still tastes great. Season with oregano, basil, salt and pepper according to your own tastes.

It is so yummy you will want to die. You can also put barley in the soup to make it a bit heartier. Of course, you are free to omit the bacon, but it really enhance the overall flavor of the soup.

And maybe you will want to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich to go with this delectable tomato soup. Fortunately for you I can tell you how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Ingredients: (Yes, I am telling you the ingredients for a sandwich!)
Sliced cheese (I am a personal fan of the processed individual slices. I know they are not real cheese, but they just melt better than slices of regular cheese.)
Sliced tomato
Sliced red onion
Sliced banana peppers(Sliced dill pickle can also work, but banana peppers are the best.)

First butter the bread, not the pan. This is best accomplished with soft butter or some other type of spread. Unfortunately, even if we leave our butter out in our kitchen here, it is too cold in the kitchen for the butter to ever get soft. It's an unfortunate fact. Place the bread in the pan (on medium-low heat) butter side UP! This way you warm up the bread and melt the butter. Then flip the bread over, and place the slices of cheese on the bread. It is best if you have some way to cover the bread as it will help the cheese to melt better. Once the cheese starts to melt, place the sliced tomatoes, onions and banana peppers on, and put the sandwich together. Leave the sandwich on the heat for a while longer, flipping it occasionally. The cheese will get even meltier, the veggies will warm up, and your sandwich will become delightful.

Do not try to do this on high heat. You will burn your bread, and then you will be sad. And I will not take responsibility for your tears.

Really, best way to eat a grilled cheese sandwich. I find sandwiches without tomatoes and onions utterly boring and rather un-tasty. I can't wait to have kids and raise them on proper grilled cheese sandwiches!


Janssen said...

Very funny post - good work.

Except both the pickles and the pepper will ruin your sandwich. So will an onion, for that matter.

Brianne said...

Delicious soup, I will attest! Thanks for the recipe. I didn't do anything special with my grilled cheese sandwiches, but I will disagree on the type of cheese to be used. Sliced Colby Jack is very melty and far more satisfying!

Jenny said...

Wow! Am I ever excited to give that canned tomato soup the cold shoulder! Thanks for this recipe--really. I don't know how I've ever lived without it to this immediate point in my life.