Recipe Remix: Mix it up

So the idea of Recipe Remix is, take a “staple” meal and mix it up a bit. Make it different. Choose from one of these and get creative:

  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  • Baked Ziti
  • Franks & Beans
  • Tacos
  • Meatloaf

Since Sunday was going to be chilly and windy, I decided to go with Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup. The day before, I made my first-ever focaccia, with rosemary from the garden and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. OMG, it’s great. And it was easy, since I let the bread machine do the first half of the work. Then I just had to put it in a pan, let it rise some more, drizzle with evoo and sprinkle with rosemary and cheese, and bake while we took the dog for a walk.

I also thought I’d get a different kind of cheese for this. I’d never had Kerrygold Aged Cheddar imported from Ireland, and it sounded good, so I bought some. Guess what? It’s good 🙂

Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Focaccia

1 loaf focaccia
4 slices Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil

Heat grill pan and rub with paper towel dipped in olive oil. Cut focaccia into sandwich-size pieces and cut in half. Place cheese on bread bottoms, put tops on, and grill on both sides till golden.

Grilled Cheese with Focaccia

To go with this luscious grilled cheese sandwich, I made tomato-pesto bisque. A cook in a local restaurant that makes amazing tomato-basil bisque told me how she does it – I couldn’t believe it was that simple. No peeling or seeding the tomatoes? I’m in. I didn’t have basil, but I had pesto, so I used that this time. Both work great 🙂

Tomato-Pesto Bisque

2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
1-2 tbsp. basil pesto
Salt and pepper to taste

Whizz the tomatoes and tomato sauce in a blender, then put in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in basil pesto. Heat to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Tomato Bisque

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2 Responses to “Recipe Remix: Mix it up”

  • Robin says:

    Thanks so much for participating! This looks delicious. I’m drooling over it and it’s not even lunch time!

    Look for the roundup around 4/21 🙂

  • KimL says:

    Hi, Robin. It was fun – thanks for the idea, and for hosting. Can’t wait to see the rest of the recipes in the round-up.


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