Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tomato Carrot Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a perfect kid friendly meal. Kids love this combination of tomato carrot soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Soup is simple and delicious. Grilled cheese sandwich is an all time favorite in kids. Just by pairing it up with nice tomato and carrot soup they will have a nice and filling meal. Grilled cheese sandwich is also good when your kid needs a quick snack. I have used American cheese slices as it is mild in flavor and kids can easily adapt to its taste. But if you want to try different kind it is perfectly all right.

Ingredients(serves 2)
(For Soup)
3 Fresh Tomatoes quartered
2 Carrots washed, peeled and diced
Salt as per taste
Sugar 1 tsp
Pepper as per taste
(For Grilled Cheese Sandwich) Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices of bread
2 slices of American cheese slices
Butter as required for grilling

Method
Cook tomatoes and carrots in a pressure cooker along with water. After 3-4 whistles shut off the gas. Let the pressure drop and let tomatoes and carrots cool a bit. Reserve water and remove skins from tomatoes and blend them along with carrots to make a fine puree. Sieve the puree through a mesh strainer leaving all the seeds and tomato skins (if any) behind. Add the reserved water to make the desired consistency for soup. Heat the soup on medium heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt and sugar and pepper. Shut off the gas and soup is ready.
For Sandwiches,  spread butter on all 4 slices of bread on one side. Take a cheese slice and place it on Unbuttered slice of bread. Now place the second Unbuttered slice on top of cheese. Preheat the griddle and place sandwich on it. Let it brown a little and flip the sandwich and immediately flip ligtly browned side of bread on top of cheese and lightly butter the non grilled side of bread. Now flip the sandwich, buttered slice down and let it brown evenly. Use the same procedure for other side. I know it sounds little bit complicated but grilling both the sides of bread makes this sandwich extra special. Repeat the same procedure with remaining 2 slices of bread to make another sandwich and serve it with soup.

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