Cream of Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup With Tuscan Herb Olive Oil
Ingredients 2 - 28 oz. cans tomato puree 1/2 cup white wine 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 large red bell peppers, roasted, seeded, peeled and chopped, or one jar of roasted red peppers, drained & chopped 3 tablespoons Olio's Market Tuscan Herb Olive Oil 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced 4 large cloves garlic, minced 1 bunch fresh basil leaves washed, dried, & torn, reserving 6 small sprigs for garnish 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese 1 cup heavy cream sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Directions In a medium (5+ quart) heavy stock pot, heat one tablespoon of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute. Add the white wine and reduce by half. Add the chicken stock, roasted peppers, tomato puree, basil leaves and oregano to the pot. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pot from heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the hot soup until smooth and creamy in consistency. Add the heavy cream and Romano Cheese and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Serve individual bowls of soup drizzled with approximately one teaspoon of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and a sprig of basil. Serve immediately. Serves 4-6 Sweet Summer Corn Bisque with Crispy Fried Shallots & Alonso Coratina This is summer in a bowl. I know I mentioned in more than a couple posts over the past few summers that ripe heirloom tomatoes represented summer in a bowl. However, as of this post, I've decreed, that this is in fact, officially, "summer in a bowl". That is all.
Ingredients 8 ears of super sweet corn 3 shallots, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, woody stems discarded 1 large bay leaf 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup of heavy whipping cream - optional 1 bunch chives, finely minced 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons ultra fresh, herbaceous, peppery olive oil such as Alonso Coratina fresh ground pepper and salt to taste
Directions Optimally, this recipe is made in pressure cooker. However, excellent results can be achieved on the stove top.
Shuck the corn, cut the kernels off each ear reserving them and any liquid in a large bowl. Cut the cobs in half and reserve. In a 8+ quart pressure cooker or stock pot, saute 2/3 of the sliced shallots for five minutes or until slightly golden in 1/4 cup of olive oil of your choice. Add the garlic and thyme, and saute for another minute, making sure that the garlic does not brown.
To the pressure cooker or stock pot add the stock, cut corn, and cut cobs. If using a pressure cooker, cook under pressure for 15 minutes. If cooking via stove top, simmer the pot gently over low heat for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, saute the remaining shallot in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until caramelized and fragrant and reserve.
At the end of the cooking process, remove the cobs and bay leaf and add the cream (if using). In a food processor or blender, process the entire contents of the pressure cooker/pot in batches. The liquid will be scalding hot so be very careful!
Strain through a fine mesh strainer discarding any corn particulate and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately topped with minced chives, caramelized shallots, ground pepper, and a nice drizzle of throat catching UP EVOO.
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