Guest Post: Recipe for Spicy Tomato Soup and Big Kid Grilled Cheese (+ great wine pairing)

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I love Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese…here is an adult style recipe! A SOUPer #PairingParty from from friend Stacy at WinoBee

Compliments of the fabulous Chef Michael Symon and a little horseplay in our own kitchen, we give you Spicy Tomato Soup and Big Kid Grilled Cheese (complete with wine, of course)!

Spicy Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup
As featured on ABC’s “The Chew” from “Michael Symon’s Live To Cook” by Michael Symon

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 28-oz can San Marzano tomatoes, with their juice
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
3/4 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
1/2 cup Roth Kase Buttermilk Blue cheese (or goat cheese, which is what we used – yum!)

Directions: Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and a three-fingered pinch of salt and sweat for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sweat for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes, their juice and the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the cream, sriracha sauce, and oregano and simmer for 45 minutes.

Big Kid Grilled Cheese
2 slices of fresh Panella bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 thinly sliced pieces of Gruyere
Parmesean cheese, to sprinkle
2 basil leaves
White truffle oil spritz, optional

Directions: Evenly spread butter throughout one side of each slice of bread. Place one slice, butter side down, in heated skillet. Add thinly sliced Gruyere and Parmesean sprinkles. Cover with basil leaves. Spritz with truffle oil, if you please. Place second slice of bread on top, butter-side up. Heat until toasty on first-side, then flip. Repeat and serve.


WinoBee’s #PairingParty
Mmm, a soup thats SOUPer – complete with a savoriness, weight and heat! And a sammy that offers a great richness. That’s a lot of characteristics for a wine to have to stand up to, but it’s not impossible (hence, the fun of wine exploration!) Let’s start with the basics – this wine needs to:
Cut through some of that richness in our Grilled Cheese
Hold its own with the acid in the Tomato Soup

That’s why we’re going #Beaujolais! Try 2009 Pascal Granger Julienas, a red wine made of 100% Gamay grapes that’s varied in characteristics all its own. This wine is a bit weighty itself and carries hints of both vanilla and spice, which will compliment the heat in your soup.

Where to Buy: Sussex Wine & Spirits
Cost: $17.99/bottle

For more information on party pairing, wine and entertaining tips, visit and tweet Stacy using @WinoBee.

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