with Summer Tomato Soup
Camembert, a cow milk cheese from
Normandy, has a delicious
mushroomy finish which gives
flavor and balance to the bread and
the tomatoes. Yield: 5 portions
10 each Favorite bread, sliced ¼ inch
¼ cup Olive oil
2 tsp. Black pepper, freshly cracked
16 ounces Camembert (or Brie) cheese, sliced ¼
inch thick, about 16 slices
½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
1 each Onion, sliced
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
2½ lbs. Tomatoes, ripe, cored and chopped
12 each Fresh basil leaves
to taste Kosher salt and cayenne pepper
1. for the sandwiches: Heat the olive oil and cracked pepper over
low heat. Turn off and let infuse for 10 minutes.
2. To assemble, lay the sliced cheese on half of the bread slices
making sure the cheese comes all the way to the edge of
the crust. Lay the top slice on each of the sandwiches and
move them together so they are crust to crust. Cover all the
sandwiches with a layer of plastic wrap and place a medium
cutting board on top of the sandwiches to gently weigh them
down for 15 minutes.
3. Using a pastry brush, thoroughly brush the surface of both faces
of the sandwich with the pepper oil.
4. Preheat a Panini griddle on low or a medium sauté pan over low
heat. Wipe surface with a little oil. Place the sandwiches in the
press or in the sauté pan and cook until slightly browned, about
2 to 3 minutes per side until the cheese is melted. Keep the heat
low so you do not burn the bread.
5. for the tomato soup: In a medium saucepan, combine the olive
oil, onions, and garlic and cook over low heat together for about
20 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the
tomatoes and cook another 15 minutes.
6. Add the stock and basil leaves and bring to a simmer. Cook gently
for 20 minutes to develop the flavor.
7. Strain the soup into a large bowl through a china cap or other
fine strainer, or a food mill, to remove seeds, skins, and basil.
Season passed soup to taste with kosher salt and cayenne pepper.
8. Serve the tomato soup hot with the warm sandwiches. Drizzle a
generous amount of the extra virgin oil over the top of the soup
along with a few small basil tops, and enjoy.