Comfort Food for Grownups

13 11 2008

There’s nothing quite like a winter Sunday. Football is on, chores are done(ish), the dog‘s asleep, and it’s cold enough out that no one can make you feel guilty about “wasting” the day inside.

On days like this, I crave comfort food–the culinary equivalent of my favorite slippers–and one of my favorites is the classic combo, grilled cheese and tomato soup.

However, being an alleged “grown up,” I’ve made a few upgrades to the Wonder bread/Kraft Singles/Campbell’s Soup standby, so put on your slippers, bring the duvet out to the couch, and let’s get cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • French bread (about 1/3 loaf)
  • Danish Havarti cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Pacific Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper soup (comes in a box; Trader Joe’s house brand is good too)

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Start by cutting four slices of bread. Cut diagonally to increase the surface area. Set the remaining heel aside.

Coat one side of each slice of bread with olive oil by pouring oil onto a shallow plate and pressing the bread into it.

Cut the tomato into 1/4″ or thinner slices. Cut the cheese into small, flat pieces.

chopped-tomatoes

Arrange the bread, tomatoes and cheese into sandwiches in a small skillet, with the oiled sides of the bread facing out. Cook over medium heat until the cheeses is mostly melted, then flip with a spatula.

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While the sandwiches are grilling and the soup is heating according to package directions, gather the heel of the bread, the remaining oil and a cookie sheet. Tear off quarter-sized pieces of bread, dab lightly in oil, and arrange on cookie sheet. Bake in 300-degree oven for about 5 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. These will be croutons for your soup.

Once sandwiches are golden on both sides, remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour soup into a bowl and top with croutons. Curl up on the couch and enjoy!

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10 responses

13 11 2008
Kelly

mmmmm, you just made me so hungry ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m gonna try this, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

13 11 2008
Richard Goodwin

Since I’ve given up waiting for snow in Austin, I’m just going to have to hope for a seriously cold day to make this. Please.Drop.Temp.Now!

13 11 2008
nathan

that looks delish. I need to make that sometime.

13 11 2008
Karyn

OMG!

That sounds so yummy. I love when old standby favorites get a sophisticated but simple spin.

Thank you

14 11 2008
GirlPie

And in a panini machine — to DIE for. (A panini press makes any sandwich into a special meal/treat.) But now that I see your yummy photos I’ve got to go snack! Curses!

15 11 2008
michelle of bleeding espresso

That looks *so* good. It’s rainy here, and this looks like perfect rainy day food ๐Ÿ™‚

16 11 2008
CanCan (Mom Most Traveled)

Oh yum! I’m going to buy havarti cheese ASAP!

17 11 2008
Adrienne

Looks delicious! I need to shop at Trader Joe’s more often.

18 11 2008
Stacey

I completely agree! Not to mention that was literally my Sunday meal last terribly rainy Sunday! mmmm, maybe that’ll gonna be lunch!

9 12 2008
Dan

Seems to be missing something …oh yes, basil!

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