Picture warm, smooth, bright-flavored cream of tomato soup; tender, flavorful bacon and cheese biscuits with a crispy exterior.
The recipes are simple, and definitely beat store-bought for flavor and aroma! I'll be teaching a class on this, with variations, next week (see Classes), and the recipes and variations come from my cookbook, The Chameleon Cook.
Cream of Tomato Soup
1 Tbsp. butter
1/2 medium onion
1/2 one carrot
1/2 one celery stalk
1-2 Tbsp. flour
1 lb. fresh, or 14 oz. can stewed, tomatoes
2 sprigs fresh parsley, 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, or 1 tsp. dried basil
1 c. chicken broth, or 1 c. water and 1 bouillon cube
1 c. evaporated milk, half-and-half, or cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 cube butter, melted and cooled
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup cold buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 -1 cup shredded cheese
2 slices bacon, crumbled (optional)
Chop half a medium onion, half a carrot (or 3-4 baby carrots), and half of one celery stalk. Cook over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon butter or oil. Stir once in a while, until the vegetables are tender, about ten minutes (depending on the
Stir one cup of very cold (right out of the fridge) buttermilk or sour milk into the butter. As you stir, the butter should start to form clumps. This is good; it gives you the same effect as "cutting in" the butter with the flour, but much quicker. Pour all but about a tablespoon of it into the flour mixture, add 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheese (the milder the cheese, the more you need), and a couple tablespoons cooked & crumbled bacon (optional). If you like, you can also add 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper and/or 1/2 tsp. mustard to accent the cheese flavor. Stir just until combined.
Dip a pastry brush into that last little bit of milk/butter; dab some on the tops of all the biscuits. Put them into the oven to bake, then check on your vegetables. These will take about 12-14 minutes to cook- you want the tops crusty golden, and the insides just set.
Serve hot, with those biscuits to dunk in it!
Now let that wind blow and rain patter against the windows!