Friday, April 13, 2012

Grilled Cheese & Gazpacho Soup

A New Twist on An Old Classic...
Who doesn't remember Kraft singles melted between toasted bread and served with Campbell's Tomato Soup from their childhood?!  This standby helped kids through colds, was awesome - if you cut the grilled cheese right (triangles), and I'm sure helped parents out on those nights where almost nothing sounded good for their children, except a standby like grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Jump ahead 25 years to re-invent this dish by changing out the Kraft singles, white bread and Campbells' tomato soup for Havarti & Provolone Cheese on French Bread Panini'd and dipped in a cool Tomato Gazpacho Soup.  I'm kind of hungry and longing a little for my childhood while writing about this right now.  This was served at one of the bridal functions I have been assisting with, so it was prepared with the thought of appetizers in mind, but this dish would also be perfect finger food for after school snacks or a summer lunch. 

The best part about the whole meal is that the only thing that you need to prepare is the 'grilled cheese', the gazpacho was pre-bought and pureed to a consistency worthy of dunking. 



Grilled (Panini'd) Cheese Sandwich 
w/Tomato Gazpacho Soup
 
Ingredients:
  • French Bread
  • Sliced Cheese (Provolone & Havarti used here)
  • Butter, for spreading
  • Pre-made Garden Tomato Gazpacho (store bought or home made)
Preparation:
  • Preheat your panini machine (or your pan, if you are doing the standard grilled cheese). 
  • Using an immersion blender or a standard blender, puree the gazpacho to remove some of the larger veggie chunks.  This is a personal preference thing, so prepare to the consistency that you like best.
  • Slice the french bread into approximately 1/2 inch slices.  Butter the outside of the bread.  Stack the bread with the butter sides touching each other until the pan or panini grill is ready.
  • Grill or panini the sandwiches.  When done, cut in half to present in a fun finger foods kind of way.
  • Serve the gazpacho in small bowls and commence dipping the sandwiches of cheesy goodness.
Happy Cheese Sandwich Dipping!

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