West 104th Street Garden

November 14, 2011

Green Tomato Soup with Bacon & Brioche Croutons

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4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion thinly sliced
1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 pounds green tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces sliced bacon
2 slices brioche, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, about 2 ounces
1/3 cup creme fraiche (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
1 tablespoon honey or to taste
1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 5 minutes
2. Meanwhile lightly crush the coriander, either with mortar and pestle or side of a knife.  Add it to pot along with garlic and saute for 3 minutes longer.
3. Stir in tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil: immediately reduce heat to medium-low and simmer soup until tomatoes have fallen apart, about 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile fry bacon in a skillet until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Return skillet to medium  heat. Add brioche to bacon fat in pan and toss to coat well. Toast, tossing occasionally until croutons are golden, about 5 minutes. set aside.
5. Using an immersion blender (or pureeing in batches in a regular blender) puree soup until smooth
6. Return soup to medium heat and stir in creme fraiche if desired, dill and honey. Cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and add more salt or honey or both if desired. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, crumble bacon over top and garnish with croutons.
6 servings


​Scalloped Green Tomatoes

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*from “The Gift of Southern Cooking”
(for 4 – 6 servings)
By Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock

4 large green tomatoes, washed, seeded, and cut into ½ inch pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped (1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 slices white loaf bread, crusts removed, cut into ½ inch cubes
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the over to 375 F.

    Put the green tomato pieces, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, dried thyme, and nutmeg in a large nonreactive bowl, and toss well to distribute the onion and flavorings.  Scatter the bread cubes on a baking tray, and drizzle 4 tablespoons of the melted butter over them.  Toast them in the over until they are golden brown, about 8 -12 minutes.  Add the toasted bread cubes to the tomatoes, and toss.  Turn everything into a buttered 9 by 9 inch nonreactive baking dish, and place a piece of parchment paper directly over the surface.  Cover tightly with foil, and bake for 40 minutes.  Remove the cover and bake 10 minutes longer, basting if needed.  Serve hot.

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