When it is cold and windy outside, I am always reminded of the delicious tomato soup and hot cheese sandwiches my mother would make.
When it is winter weather outside, I prefer a wood stove or fireplace, a comfy chair, a warm blanket, lots of books, a bouquet of fresh flowers...okay, it is alright to dream, right?
This picture is from a past edition of Country Living Magazine(British Edition). It has all my preferences, except the soup and hot cheese sandwich.
I know you all have your favorite recipes for tomato soup, but the above pictured was my choice this time.
I found the soup at the grocery store and discovered it's great taste. Plus it has no trans fat, no added MSG or no preservatives.
I put the contents of the soup in my pan, added 1 TB of brown sugar(because that is always what my mother did):), plus a dash of salt and pepper.
Just heat and serve.
"Use your microwave when preparing the tasty onion butter for these sandwiches from Ann Chrysler of Adrian, Michigan. I have no idea where I found this recipe, I only know that it has been in my recipe file for a long time.
3 thinly sliced onions(I use 1 1/2 instead)
1/2 cup of butter, cubed
3 TB. of Dijon mustard(or French's Classic yellow mustard)
1 TB poppy seeds
1 TB lemon juice
8 croissants, split( I used whole grain crusty rolls)
2 pounds of shaved deli ham
1/2 pound sliced baby Swiss cheese(or whatever you have on hand)
~Place onions and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on high for 2 or 3 minutes or until onions are tender. Stir in the mustard, poppy seeds, lemon juice. Cover and microwave on high for 1 minute or until heated through.
~Spread onion mixture on both sides of the cut sides of the roll. On bottom half of roll, layer ham and cheese; replace tops.
~Wrap each sandwich in foil. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Yield: 8 servings
The nice thing about these sandwiches is that they can be cooled and then frozen. When ready to eat, simply remove foil and microwave for 1 minute.
I make extra of these sandwiches and my husband takes them from the freezer for his lunch at work.
I top the tomato soup with a bit of micro grated cheese and chopped parsley flakes.
A simple, quick idea for a cold, winter evening.
See how the cheese melted and blended with the onion sauce.
Wish it was dinner time.
Hope you are staying warm.