We have recently changed a lot of dishes on the menu again. One of the new ones I love is a chilled tomato soup. Most of my memories from tomato soup consist of a warm orange colored thing you pour out of a Campbell can. Then you add another can of milk and heat it up. If it was really fancy and served as a school lunch, there could be some pasta swimming around in it – No, warm tomato soup is not one of my favorite things. This one is something completely different and takes you in a second to a terrace in Tuscany under the shades of an old olive tree. Or maybe to a garden here in East Hampton…Perfect for lunch or as a starter. This is should be good for 6 persons
Blanch 14 tomatoes (Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to boil. While water is getting ready, cut skin on each tomato tip cross-like with a knife; Put them in the boiling water, 6 at the time and let them boil for 30 seconds. Take up and cool in cold water and peel the skin of. Cut them in half and deseed them carefully so you have 2 clean half’s from each tomato. Put the seeds in a blender and mix until smooth. Cut the half’s in thin segments and put in the fridge.
Take 2 shallots and cut in thin rings as well as 4 garlic cloves that you chop. Heat up some olive oil in a medium size saucepan and let them sweat on low heat for a couple of minutes. Add salt and pepper and 1 cup (2.25 dl) white wine. Raise the heat slightly and simmer for around 5 minutes.
Turn of the heat and add ¼ cup (0.4 dl) sherry vinegar and 1 tsp. of sugar. Taste – more salt, sugar? Let cool off a bit and add the mixed seeds and the segments. Cover and cool in fridge. Do it in the morning and it will be full of flavors after a couple of hours.
Fennel and Basil gremolata
Cut ½ raw fennel in smaller pieces and put in a blender with olive oil and mix until smooth. Ad juice from ½ lemon and a big handful of basil and mix again with ½ tsp. of salt.
Serve the soup chilled in a nice bowl, top with the gremolata. Maybe someextra olive oil, small crumbs of Parmesan and/or golden butter fried brioche croutons.