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Fresh Tomato Soup with Gin

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A favorite in long cool summer drinks, gin gives this refreshing soup an extra splash of flavor. It’s delicious served hot or chilled.

Rate this recipe 4/5 (11 Votes)

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 leeks
  • sliced (white parts only)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • minced
  • 1 carrot
  • sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil (or
  • 1 tsp/5 mL dried)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • pinch each black and pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 6 tomatoes (unpeeled)
  • coarsely chopped (2-1/2 Ib 1.25 kg)
  • 3 cups boiling chicken stock
  • 4 1/2 cup gin
  • sour cream
  • basil sprigs

Details

Servings 4
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins
Cost Budget Friendly

Preparation

Step 1

In large saucepan, melt butter over, low heat; cook leeks and garlic, stir- ring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in carrot, basil, and salt, brown sugar, black and cayenne peppers,1 and bay leaf; cook, stirring, for l minutes. Stir in flour; cook for 1 2 minutes. Stirring constantly, add tomatoes, stock and gin. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 35 minutes. Pass soup through food mill or sieve to remove skins and seeds. Return to saucepan; reheat gently. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with sour cream and basil.

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Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water

 Filling:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce

 Method

  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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