Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lets Chew the Fat

Perhaps I am the only one who does this? I can justify ingesting any sort of fat if it is surrounded by enough vegetables. It's as if the vitamins and fiber paralyze my brain so that I am no longer able to calculate calories. I have been known to eat pizza or vegetable tempura till every last greasy scrap has been scarfed. And now, though I feel my seat growing more comfortable with each slurp, I am about to finish off an entire pot of tomato basil bisque. Goodbye skinny jeans, but hellloooo Lycopene!

Tomato Basil Bisque
olive oil
2 carrots, sliced
1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped
28oz can of whole, peeled tomatoes
4 cups of chicken stock
rind from a chunk of Romano cheese (optional)
1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup Romano cheese
1 Tblsp brandy

Saute the onion and carrots over medium heat in a large dutch oven with a few tablespoons of olive oil until the vegetables are soft. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, and rind. Simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Remove the cheese rind and stir in chopped basil. Blend the soup in batches, making certain to fill the blender less than halfway each time. Return soup to the pot and stir in the cream, Romano cheese, brandy and salt and pepper to taste. Heat until the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

8 comments:

Jessie said...

"Chew the fat" origins: "A host would offer his guests a piece of bacon, which was stored above the fireplace in the parlor, so they could chew the fat during their visit."

Jenn Maruska said...

I think that the vegetables should cancel the fat out. That's really how life should work, in my opinion.
; D

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

This is one of my all time favorite soups! I can't wait to try out your recipe! :)

Tom Aarons said...

It's the flavor that counts, not the fat... And this one looks like it has lots of flavor. Yum!

Jeena said...

This sounds wonderful and I love the colour.

Haley said...

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Christopher said...

"hello Lycopene"! I love it :) Only a Foodie Action Squad member could come up with that. Adorable. Love the blog!

Can't wait to try the rootbeer mess with pulled pork... sounds ridiculous.

Kelly said...

That looks lovely! I adore a good tomato basil bisque!