There is just nothing better than a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. When I was a kid, this was my favorite weekend lunch. Of course, I was raised on Campbells tomato soup, but you have access to something much better! Smokin' Mary Tomato Soup. Check out our Smokin' Mary Bacon and Grilled Cheese Sandwich as a compliment, it's worth it!
Smokin' Mary Tomato Basil Soup
7 cups chicken broth
8 cups chopped tomatoes
6 peppers (your choice of variety) chopped
30 Basil leaves
1 stick of butter
1 cup half and half (or heavy cream)
2 cups Smokin' Mary Mix
4 Tbsp flour (optional)
4 Tbsp milk (optional)
1 cup quinoa
1-2 Tbsp pepper flakes (depending on your desire)
Put broth, tomatoes, peppers and basil into a stock pot. Cover and boil for 20-30 minutes.
Blend until pureed place back in pot. Add butter, half & half and smokin Mary.
To make it thicker, mix the flour and milk together in a small bowl and then stir into the soup mix.
Add 1 - 1 1/2 cups quinoa and pepper flakes.
Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
Garnish with a spoon of sour cream and a basil leaf.
Chicken Parmesan is a staple Italian dish. Consisting of breaded chicken, cheese and tomato sauce. You can take this versatile recipe and serve it over pasta or make it into a sandwich. Either way, it's a delightful dish that we just couldn't help but to Smokin' Mary it up a bit.
Here's our variation of this classic with a twist of smoky and spice sure to please the palate!
Smokin’ Mary Chicken Parmigiana
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
To make the chicken breast more tender, pound them with a meat mallet before preparing this dish. Place them between sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap before pounding for easy clean up.
Soak the 4 chicken breasts in the milk. In a shallow dish, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dredge (coat) the breast in the bread crumb mixture. Place the breast in a well-greased baking dish. Top each breast with 1 teaspoon of butter.
Bake the chicken breast for 25 minutes. Remove them from the oven, top each breast with 1/2 cup of Smoking’ Mary mix and a 1 slice of mozzarella cheese, and return back to the oven. Continue baking for 10 minutes, or until the Smokin’ Mary mix is bubbly and cheese has melted.
Honestly, there is no time like the present to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich. It is the go-to food that just about anyone can enjoy (unless you are lactose or gluten intolerant, sorry). Hundreds of variations and a global presence, Smokin' Mary wanted to get in on the action and create a twist on this 24-hour-a day-treat.
You need to have some Smokin' Mary Candied Bacon on hand. If you don't, you can find the recipe HERE. And, If you are going to whip up a batch of bacon, dare we say add a Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary as the perfect liquid tasty beverage for your grilled cheese!
Smokin' Delicious Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Butter the bread on both sides, grill in pan or in a Panini maker. Place cheese, apple and bacon on bread and melt together as a sandwich.
Mary has many personalities. She's a spicy gal who mixes well with just about anyone. So bring her into your kitchen and enjoy her special twist on your favorite culinary delights!