Monday, December 12, 2011

What You Should Have Eaten #47

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheddar and Chive Toast
Grilled Bacon and Smoked Gouda Sandwiches

Tonight’s drink is a Beanblossom Strawberry Hard Cider from Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Ind. My sister went to school in Bloomington, so she brought over this bottle that she found. When I drink beer, I don’t always like it when it’s too sweet, but when I drink wine, I like to lean on the sweet side. This drink was a perfect blend of that, sweet but not too sweet, and the strawberry wasn’t overpowering. I would really like to try the other ciders that the Winery offers.

This was a very easy meal to make, and a very tasty one at that. There were a few changes/substitutions, though.

Obviously, no onion. And the bacon wasn’t used correctly. Since I didn’t read the recipe ahead of time, I didn’t know that the bacon was for the toast, which I wasn’t making (more on that later). I bought it, I chopped it, I cooked it…then I got to the part of the recipe where I was supposed to add it to the cheese for the toast. Since I wasn’t making the toast, I dumped the bacon into the soup. No harm there, right? Right.

No hot sauce. See last week’s entry for the reason.

Whenever I eat soup, I love a sandwich with it, usually a grilled cheese. So I thought I’d do something fancy this time. Grilled smoked gouda and bacon sandwiches. Yeah, sounds awesome, right? Right.

So this was a crazy good dinner. The soup was enhanced by the bacon, and I sprinkled a bit of cheddar on it since I had a bag of it that wasn’t used for the toast. Combined with the amazingly awesome grilled cheese sandwiches, this was an unbeatable winter meal.

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