Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 7: Charred Tomato Soup with Pesto and Prosciutto Stromboli

6 ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
1 small red onion, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
   Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tube refrigerated pizza dough, such as Pillsbury brand
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour or cornmeal
1/2 cup store-bought pesto
12 slices deli ham
4 slices Provolone, deli sliced
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning blend
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 quart chicken stock or broth
1 cup heavy cream
20 fresh basil leaves, shredded or torn

Preheat the broiler to high.

Arrange the plum tomato halves, skin side down, with the onions on a rimmed cookie sheet. Drizzle EVOO on the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.

Broil for about 4 minutes, flip, and continue to broil for 3 minutes, or until the tomatoes and onions are slightly charred. Lower the oven setting to 400 degrees F.

Dust your hands and the dough lightly with flour or cornmeal and unroll the dough out onto a work surface. Stretch out the dough, gently spreading its rectangle shape. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. Cover each piece of dough with 2 tablespoons of the pesto.

Fold 3 slices of the prosciutto and 1 slice of the Provolone to fit each pesto-covered piece of dough, then roll each piece on an angle from corner to corner, making a long roll that is thicker in the middle and thinner on each end.

Brush the rolls with EVOO then mix the sesame seeds, dried Italian seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes in a small cup.

Sprinkle and pat the mixture onto the strombolis, place in the oven and bake until evenly golden, 12 to 14 minutes.

Place the tomatoes and onions in a blender or food processor, and puree until somewhat smooth.

Preheat a soup pot over medium-high heat, add the 2 tablespoons of EVOO, and add the garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Saute the garlic for a minute, then add the pureed veggies and the chicken stock. When the soup comes to a bubble, stir in the heavy cream, then season with salt and pepper. Simmer the soup for 8 to 10 minutes.

When ready to serve, turn off the soup and stir in the basil.

Adjust the salt and pepper. Serve the soup alongside the pesto and prosciutto stromboli, dipping them into the soup as you eat them. YUMMO!


This meal is delicious! I love the stromboli. I would say I would make them more often, but the pesto adds a lot of fat, and I'm supposed to be cutting back. I did substitute half and half instead of cream in the soup to cut back a little. It's much better with cream, but it was still good. The thing I changed this year to make it better than last year was to use regular ham instead of prosciutto in the stromboli. The prosciutto just made it way too salty. This time around they were perfect!

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