Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

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Serving up a classic favorite for a wedding shower

During these cold, winter months, everyone craves the comfort that only a good plate of grilled cheese and tomato soup can cure. So when planning a wedding shower, this classic favorite could be the ultimate concoction to warm up a group before it’s time to open presents. Start with an easy recipe for tomato soup, then get creative by offering a gourmet-style grilled cheese.

Tomato Soup a la Grandma

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Ingredients:
3 cups cooked tomatoes (28 oz can)
1 tbsp minced onion
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper – dash Tabasco sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp flour
1 can evaporated skim milk

Directions: Cook first ingredients 15 minutes. Strain. Cook flour in butter and oil until bubbly. Add milk slowly and cook until thickened. Add tomato mixture stirring constantly. Heat just to simmer – do not boil. Serve hot and garnish with a sprig of basil. Double the recipe to serve up to 10 people.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese 

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The key to a good grilled cheese, according to FifteenSpatulas, is to put healthy things on it! We were inspired by her thinking, so here is one of our favorite grilled cheese recipes, equipped with gruyere cheese, avocado and heirloom tomatoes. Serves 6-8 people. Double the recipe as needed.

Ingredients:
12 slices italian bread
5 sliced heirloom tomatoes
5 sliced avocados
2 lbs gruyere cheese, thinly slices
salt and pepper
salted butter

Directions: Heat up nonstick skillet over medium heat. Take slices of bread, butter both sides. Toast directly on the skillet until golden brown. Add cheese, tomato and avocado and season with salt and pepper. Sandwich one more layer of cheese under the second piece of bread. Add butter to the skillet and brown both sides of the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. Cut into quarters and serve on a large platter so guests can grab a few and delightfully dip the sandwiches into the tomato soup. YUM.

*Photo from Fifteen Spatulas

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