Mindy Kobrin

Posted in Dinner, DWEH, Lunch, Recipes, Trending on April 2017

Posted in Dinner, DWEH, Lunch, Recipes, Trending

Whether a cool chill is still in the air or simply in need of cozy comfort soup-and-sammie combo, our Chunky Tomato Soup and Mini Grilled Cheese Skewers cover all the right bases. Soup’s on!

Prepared in 35 minutes or less.

For the Hearty Tomato Soup:

  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and minced
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 3 small carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz can Butter beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • dash of fresh chopped rosemary and flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 lemon, juice and zest
  • Salt and fresh black pepper to taste

For the Mini Grilled Cheese Skewers:

  • 3 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 6  1/2-inch slices Pullman loaf bread
  • 3 slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese cut in half
  • 1 Tbs fresh chopped basil leaves
  • 9 small wooden skewers, 4-inch

In a large pot over medium high heat, melt butter.  Add onion, shallot, carrots and garlic.  Cook until tender, approximately 3-5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, Butter beans, Bay leaf, herbs, lemon zest, juice and seasonings.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Discard Bay leaf and in small batches puree soup into a food processor.  Blend until creamy.  Return soup to a pot and heat on simmer until ready to serve.  Garnish with chopped herbs and mini grilled cheese skewers.  Serves 4-6.

Gently spread butter on 1 side of each Pullman bread slice. Arrange 3 slices bread, buttered side down, on work surface, and place 2 slices cheese and 1 teaspoon of the basil leaves on each bread slice. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered sides up. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook sandwiches one at a time over medium heat, flipping once, until golden brown exterior and gooey melted cheese on the interior.  Allow to cool 2 minutes.  Cut each sandwich into 6 squares. Place 2 sandwich squares onto each skewer.  Place skewers atop soup bowls.  **You can substitute bread with a seeded, whole grain or Ezekiel variety.