tomato bisque

Tomato Bisque , Morcilla Dumplings & Pasta

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Morcilla  lovers – this dish is a knock-out !
As far as morcilla dishes go, it does not get much better, I can assure you 🙂
I know that not everybody shares my love for morcilla, but for those who do, this soup is magic.

Morcilla –
(blood pudding, blutwurst, boudin noir, sanguinaccio, blodkorv, boldpølse, kaszanka).

If you do re-create this dish, make sure the dumplings are as light as possible but holding their shape. The should easily fall apart when lightly pressed with a spoon.
If you are not a fan of morcilla, you can use any other protein such as fish, seafood, veal, game, pork or even finely diced vegetables.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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sprinkle scallions

Tomato Bisque, Morcilla Dumplings & Pasta

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“Easy Does It” – Tomato Bisque & Tomato Sauce

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Dear  Friend’s
Although most of my followers are culinary professionals, there is also a large segment of followers who are just starting to enjoy cooking on a slightly higher than basic level. I have therefore decided to publish, under the moniker “Easy Does It“,  from time to time some very basic recipe variations of dishes which otherwise might seem complicated to some folks. I will break them down to the easiest, most simple instructions, so that those of you who are intimidated by elaborate recipes will be able to prepare these dishes properly, adjusted to your taste and liking, right from the get-go.
Enjoy 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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start tomato sauce on the left, tomato bisque on the right

start tomato sauce on the left, tomato bisque on the right

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saute garlic in butter or olive oil before adding to tomatoes

saute garlic in butter or olive oil before adding to tomatoes

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tomato sauce - quartered tomatoes, sauteed garlic, sea salt, cayenne pepper, sugar, small amount of diced potato, water or tomato juice

tomato sauce – quartered tomatoes, sautéed garlic, sea salt, cayenne pepper, sugar, maggi seasoning,oregano, basil, small amount of diced potato, water or tomato juice

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tomato bisque - quartered tomatoes, celery, onions, sauteed garlic, red wine, small amount of diced potato, sea salt, cayenne pepper, sugar, water or tomato juice

tomato bisque – quartered tomatoes, celery, onions, sauteed garlic, red wine, small amount of white rice or diced potato, sea salt, cayenne pepper, sugar, oregano, basil, maggi seasoning, water or tomato juice

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bring to boil, turn down to simmer, simmer for 2,5 hours

bring to boil, turn down to simmer, simmer for 2,5 hours

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put into blender and blend until smooth. The small amount of potato will make the texture silken and keep the liquid from separating from the solids. Check/adjust seasoning

put into a blender and blend until smooth; the small amount of rice or potato will make the texture silken and keep the liquid from separating from the solids. Check/adjust seasoning

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add heavy cream

add heavy cream to bisque

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tomato bisque

tomato bisque

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tomato sauce

tomato sauce

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tomato sauce, ready to be frozen

tomato sauce, ready to be frozen

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Soup & Sandwich – Small Budget / Big Taste

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Sometimes,  easy does it 🙂
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Tomato bisque & jamón serrano sandwich with boursin cheese on pita bread
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"Soup & Sandwich"

“Soup & Sandwich”

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Tomato Bisque With Buttered Cauliflower

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A couple  of day’s ago I made a big batch of my beloved tomato bisque. It served me well as late night snack for a few day’s, the last one last night, when I added some buttered cauliflower and ate it with a good chunk of sourdough bread, indispensable for wiping the bottom of the bowl to make sure one get’s the last drop and nothing is wasted 🙂
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Blanch the cauliflower rosettes, then saute lightly in butter. season with kosher salt and white pepper. To serve, pour bisque in bowl, add the cauliflower and sprinkle with finely sliced scallions.
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Recipe for  ” Tomato Bisque
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Tomato Bisque With Buttered Cauliflower

Tomato Bisque With Buttered Cauliflower

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Tomato Bisque With Buttered Cauliflower

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Tomato Bisque With Buttered Cauliflower

Tomato Bisque With Buttered Cauliflower

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Tomato Bisque

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This is one of those soups where I have to make enough for two day’s,
because one meal of it’s goodness is just not enough to satisfy the quarterly
craving that  is nagging me    🙂

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Ingredients :

Tomatoes,       15 lbs
Onions,              1 lb
Celery,                 1 lb
Garlic,                 8 oz coarsely chopped
Rice,                    4 oz uncooked
Olive oil,             1/2 cup
Heavy cream,     2 cup
Chicken stock    1 gall
Oregano,             1 bdl
Basil,                    1 bdl
Cayenne,             to taste
Salt,                      to tase

Method :

Add all Ingredients except cream to a large stock pot and simmer for about 2,5 hours.
Blend until VERY smooth. Add cream and simmer for another 15 minutes.
Adjust seasoning and serve.

Note :
Bisques were originally thickened with rice.
This made the bisque smoother and silkier than using flour or other thickeners.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good ! 

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