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Slow Cooker Tomato Soup with Cheater Grilled Cheese Recipe by Leah

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This recipe uses fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and is a great way to utilize your bountiful tomato harvest.  The tomatoes are slow roasted all day in your slow-cooker, making a sweet and tangy soup with a velvety flavor.  Serve it with some Cheater Grilled Cheese for dipping.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

yield: a little more than 3 quarts

 

 

INGREDIENTS

3 lbs vine-ripened tomatoes

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cups tomato juice

1 cup cooking sherry*

3 Tbsp granulated white sugar

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped

2 cups heavy cream

optional: Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Wash your tomatoes and cut them in quarters.  Place them in a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the onion, tomato juice, sherry, bouillon, sugar, and chopped basil. Stir.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Carefully use an immersion blender to blend the tomatoes.
  5. Warm the heavy cream and stir into the soup.

Note: Broth can be substituted for the cooking sherry, although the flavor will be altered slightly.

Don’t Forget the Other Half!

As the name indicates this isn’t much of a recipe, just a shortcut.  One benefit is that it uses less butter than traditional grilled cheese, but the main reason I like to make grilled cheese this way is it allows me to make them more quickly for a crowd.  Get the sandwiches all made ahead of time and pop them on the griddle together so everyone gets a warm sandwich all at the same time.

 

Cheater Grilled Cheese

INGREDIENTS

2 slices of sandwich bread

butter

your cheese of choice

 

PREPARATION

  1. Lightly toast your bread.
  2. Lay cheese slices on one side of each piece of bread and put the bread slices together with the cheese sandwiched in the middle.
  3. Butter the outside of the sandwich and cook the sandwich in a skillet or griddle until the cheese has melted.