Tomato Soup and Saint-André Waffled Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

By Feed Me Dearly
October 5, 2014
7 Comments


Author Notes: Faced with an abundance of seasonal farm-grown produce, I couldn’t resist making this fragrant soup to celebrate the season. Sweet, tart, and earthy, this bisque offers a warming blend of heirloom tomatoes, cream, and fresh herbs. Serve it with crunchy, waffled grilled cheese sandwiches on the side. Feed Me Dearly

Food52 Review: WHO: Feed Me Dearly lives in New York with her husband, 2 kids, and 400 cookbooks.
WHAT: A spin on a classic summertime lunch.
HOW: Make a tomato soup from a generous helping of cream, onion, chicken broth, and heirloom tomatoes. As it simmers, sandwich Saint-André cheese between white sandwich bread and grill it in a waffle maker. Dip away.
WHY WE LOVE IT: As grilled cheese aficionados, it takes something special to catch our eye, but this version, with its crispy edges, golden-brown, thin shell, and buttery cheese waffled its way into our hearts—and stomachs.
The Editors

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the tomato soup:

  • 1 small diced onion
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped oregano
  • 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the grilled cheese sandwiches:

  • 12 ounces Saint-André cheese, chilled
  • 16 slices of white sandwich bread
  • 4 ounces butter

Directions

For the tomato soup:

  1. In a large pot, sauté the onion in 4 tablespoons of the butter, and add the salt and oregano until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add in the chopped tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  3. While the tomatoes and broth come to a simmer, prepare a roux in a separate small saucepan. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, then add the flour. Stirring for a few minutes until the flour just starts to brown.
  4. Add the cream and half-and-half, stirring constantly until just simmering. With the heat on low, cook the mixture for 20 minutes, covered. Add the mixture into the pot with the tomatoes.
  5. Add the ground cloves and purée the soup with an immersion blender.
  6. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper, and serve with the waffled grilled cheese sandwiches.
  7. Note: If the tomato soup ends up separating, just re-blend it with your immersion blender.

For the grilled cheese sandwiches:

  1. Cut the chilled Saint-André cheese into 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch slices and divide it evenly between it in between the half of the slices of sandwich bread. Top each cheesy half with another slice.
  2. Butter each side of the sandwich and grill it inside a waffle iron until the bread is nice and golden, about 2 minutes.
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7 Comments

Moushumi January 29, 2017
looks so yummy...
 
Courtney C. February 11, 2016
These were quite good. I loved the soup though I had some difficulty with the sandwiches. The cheese completely melted out of them in the waffle iron. Any suggestions to keep that from happening next time? The cheese was St. Andre and it was chilled prior to cooking. Thanks!
 
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Feed M. February 11, 2016
could you try freezing the cheese for 20 minutes beforehand? Enough to get it really cold. I had some leakage, but most of the cheese stayed in, some cheeses are more ripe and liquid than others. Hope that helps! (jessica)
 
Courtney C. February 11, 2016
Thanks so much for the quick reply! I'll definitely try freezing next time. The cheese that I bought was very creamy, so that was probably the issue. Still delicious though - thanks!
 
Lisa September 19, 2015
Loved the waffle grilled cheese .. Is there a trick to cleaning the iron afterwards?
 
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Feed M. September 25, 2015
I usually just unplug the iron, and throw a damp cloth in there, close the iron, and any leftover cheese just steams itself off; wipedown is pretty easy...
 
Caitlin G. July 23, 2015
this looks heavenly. will definitely give'r a try!