Creamy Tomato Soup and Inside Out Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Creamy Tomato Soup and Inside Out Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients:

Creamy Tomato Soup:

1 lb. diced onions

2 T garlic cloves, chopped

1 T olive oil

(1) 12-oz. can tomato puree

(6) 16-oz. can whole plum tomatoes

2 qts. vegetable stock

½ C oatmeal

1 t dry basil

1 t black pepper, ground

¼ C fresh basil, chopped

Salt to taste

Inside Out Grilled Cheese:

1 Chabaso Baguette, any variety (double for demi baguettes)

6 oz. sliced provolone

6 oz. sliced sharp cheddar

6 oz. sliced Swiss cheese

8 oz. cooked bacon

Directions:

1. In a large pot, sauté the onions and garlic until tender. Add the tomato puree and whole tomatoes, then slowly add the vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Slowly pour in the oatmeal while stirring. Then add the dry basil and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Using a stick-blender or hand-blender, puree until smooth.

4. Add the chopped basil and salt to taste.

5. Slice the baguette horizontally the entire length of the loaf. Turn both pieces crust-sides up.

6. Layer the cheese and bacon along the length of one crust-side. Place other piece of bread on toppings, crust-side down.

7. Spread soft butter on the outside top of the sandwich. Cut the loaf into 3 or 4 large pieces, depending on the size of the skillet.

8. Heat skillet and brown both sides of each piece, after buttering 2nd side. Remove from skillet and cut into 1” – 1.5” sections. Makes about 8-10 servings.

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