Friday, October 2, 2009

Roasted Tomato Soup
By Jocelyn Denyer

6 lb plum tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
6 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
6 Tbsp shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp oregano
2 Tbsp butter
3 c chicken broth
1/2 c heavy cream
salt and pepper
lemon juice

Spread the tomatoes, skin side down, in one layer in 2 foil-lined jelly roll pans. Add the garlic to 1 of the pans and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the tomatoes are very soft and their skin is dark brown. Let the tomatoes cool in the pans on racks.
In a heavy saucepan cook the shallot and oregano in the butter over moderately low heat, stirring until the shallot is translucent. Add the tomatoes, the garlic (skins discarded), and 1 1/2 cups of the broth. Simmer the mixture, covered, for 15 minutes.
In a blender puree the soup in batches until it is very smooth. Strain back into saucepan and whisk in the cream. More broth can be added if necessary to reach the desired consistency. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

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