This is to satisfy your inner child and your adult taste buds... Homemade tomato soup and an apple bacon dijon grilled cheese.
2 tablespoons butter 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained and juices reserved 2 cups onion, diced 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 dried bay leaves 1/2 cup light cream 2 teaspoons cooking sherry 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
For the Grilled Cheese:
1 Tbsp butter unsalted 4 Slices sour dough or some bread you love 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard (stoned, honey, or what you like) 6 oz shreded sharp Cheddar cheese 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced. 6 strips of cooked bacon cut into halves
Start with the soup
Drain tomatoes so the juice strains into a bowl
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Stir in tomatoes (without juice), onion, sugar, tomato paste, salt and pepper.
Cook until tomatoes become lightly browned 15 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for an additional minute.
Slowly pour in 1 cup chicken broth, whisking constantly. Pour tomato mixture into a slow cooker.
Add the remaining chicken broth, reserved tomato juice, and bay leaves, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on low, 4-6 hours.
Remove bay leaves and lower heat to "warm". Puree soup in the slow cooker with an immersion blender until smooth (or transfer in batches to a regular blender, then return to slow cooker).
Add the cream, sherry, and cayenne and still until fully combined. Add additional chicken broth if soup is too thick.
Once the soup is on warm in the crock pot and you are getting hungry start your grilled cheese.
Heat the the butter in a large skillet or nonstick saute pan over low heat.
Slather 4 slices of bread with the mustard, then divide the cheese, apples and bacon among them.
Top with the other bread slices and add to the hot pan. Cook until deep brown and crunchy about 5 minutes then flip onto the other side and squeeze down with your spatula. Fry for few more minutes and add to your plate.
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