We are on vacation right now here in Daytona Beach, Florida! It’s so nice and gorgeous out here! We’ve been to Miami before but this is our first time to visit Daytona Beach and we are heading to Orlando later this week to hangout with our friends from Hogwarts! I cannot wait:-)
This is a Rachael Ray recipe that I made couple of weeks ago, the soup was decent but I prefer Ina Gartens tomato soup recipe. What I really like about this dish is that it’s so easy and I have all the ingredients needed in my pantry so if we want “fresh” tomato soup I will most likely do this recipe.
1-pound ball freshly smoked mozzarella, cut into 16 thin slices
1 large ripe tomato, cut into 8 thin slices
8 slices Tuscan bread
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Char the peppers on all sides over an open flame on a gas stovetop or under a hot broiler (with the oven door cracked to avoid steam buildup in the oven). Put the charred peppers in a bowl, cover, and let them rest until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a soup pot. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, and onions to the pot and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until the vegetables soften, about 10 minutes, then put them into a food processor with the diced tomatoes. Seed and peel the peppers and add them to the processor. Puree the mixture until smooth, then pour it into soup pot and stir in the stock.
Heat a panini press or a large heavy skillet. Make sandwiches using 2 slices of cheese and 2 slices of ripe tomato on 4 of the bread slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and top with some torn basil. Cover with the remaining 4 slices of bread and add them to the panini press or hot skillet. If using a skillet, top with a second smaller pan and weight it down with heavy cans. Press the sandwiches to toast and melt the cheese, a few minutes on each side or 5 minutes in a hot press.
Serve the soup in bowls with the Panini alongside.
I prepared this last week and turned out really yummy. Hubs and I really like meatballs. I usually have it with rice but I know here in the states it’s usually with pasta. This is the inspiration of the dish at For the Love of Cooking.
It’s nice to be back from our little vacation and I only shopped for the basics like milk and bread this week. We ate out a lot this week so Hubby and I are not really planning to cook for the rest of the weekend especially since we’ll eat out again this Sunday to celebrate Easter:) So this is what I got this morning after sales and coupons (I used store coupons) I paid $30.