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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tomato & Apple Soup…an old favorite all grown up


I just got the January issue of INSTYLE magazine (and in English - oh joy!) and found some updated “comfort food” recipes. Today is a typical cold and rainy January day so I decided to try out this new recipe for tomato soup. The reason I am calling this version of tomato soup "all grown up" is because the apple cider I have found so far in France is the alcoholic kind. It is not too potent only 4% alcohol but in addition to the wine in this recipe I thought this may not be for kids, LOL. 

I have to say I usually do not enjoy fruit in savory dishes or really fruit in general; however,  in addition to apples this recipe’s ingredients also include Dijon mustard and chili paste so I figured that would balance it out without making it too fruity. 

I couldn’t find my chili paste so I used 3 small red chili peppers, chopped and a dab of Harissa.  I like the warmth the chili’s give to this recipe and the sweetness of the apples cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Now I just need a grilled cheese sandwich, a good book and I am all set!


2 T butter
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
3 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 T Dijon mustard
1 tsp. sambal (chili paste available at Asian markets)
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 16oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes and juice (I used diced tomatoes and their juice)
4 cups apple cider
3/4 cup liquid crème fresh (or heavy cream), divided in half

  • In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium/low  heat. Add onions, garlic and a pinch of salt. Sauté 10 minutes until pale and tender.
  • Add apples, tomato paste, mustard, chili paste and white wine. Let reduce by half (5-7 minutes).
  • Add tomatoes and cider; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (partially covered to let steam vent) for an hour stirring occasionally.
  • Pour half of soup in blender. Purée with one part of cream until smooth. Repeat with the second batch and combine it all together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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