Soup and a sandwich. When you’re like me, the phrase in all probability conjures up both workday lunches at Au Bon Ache within the ‘90s or late evening diner periods with highschool pals. However as of late, it’s additionally conjuring up my new favourite summer time dinner system. You may surprise if that is simply the pure development of an empty nest dinner maker, however within the canine days of summer time when urgent the puree button on a blender and flipping a grilled cheese is as a lot cooking as I can deal with, it feels excellent.
Select a trusty chilled soup:
Chilled Avocado Cucumber (recipe under) or
Then select a sandwich:
There are just a few guidelines:
1) Within the spirit of diner custom, and if you happen to’re not tremendous hungry, it is best to be at liberty to make it a half sandwich per individual.
2) The sandwich you choose MUST be simple — as an illustration, no fish sandwich, which is superb, however includes fish market buying and dredging stations and cabbage shredding and sustained warmth on a stovetop, i.e. precise cooking. Not the purpose right here! Easy, easy, easy. I’m even hesitant to counsel my favourite smashed pea toasts which might be so unbelievably good with the gazpacho, nevertheless it means utilizing the blender twice, and that’s one time too many on the finish of an extended scorching day.
3) When you’re making the gazpacho, don’t be too Draconian about avoiding a redundant tomato state of affairs. There are only a few sandwiches that aren’t upgraded by a beefy heirloom slice, and this time of 12 months, we should always all be consuming as many tomatoes as potential.
Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup
Serves 4 (small bowls) or 2 (massive bowls)
2 massive cucumbers, peeled and seeded; 1 chopped roughly and 1 finely diced
1 1/2 avocados
1 cup plain complete fats yogurt
juice of 1 massive lime
1 small jalapeno chili, minced (seeds and pith eliminated to realize desired warmth degree)
5 scallions (white and light-weight inexperienced components solely), roughly chopped
1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped (plus extra for garnish)
1 cup vegetable or hen broth (or water)
Kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper
In a blender, mix the 1 roughly chopped cucumber, avocados, yogurt, lime juice, jalapeno, scallions, cilantro, salt and pepper, and broth. Puree till easy, including just a few tablespoons of water if mandatory till it reaches a soupy, however not gloppy consistency. Chill for so long as you’ll be able to, nevertheless it’s high quality at room temperature, too! (You may need to skinny it out once more with water after it chills.) Serve with remaining finely chopped cucumber, cilantro, and extra salt and pepper to style.
Swiss Soften with Tomatoes
Makes 2 sandwiches (or 4 halves)
When you occur to have sauerkraut and Russian dressing readily available, it’s simple to show this right into a meatless Reuben.
4 slices Rye bread
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
4 slices Swiss cheese or about 4 ounces Gruyère, grated or very thinly sliced
tomato, one of the best you could find, sliced (4 slices)
thinly sliced crimson onion, to style (or just a few dollops of sauerkraut and Russian dressing)
Warmth a forged iron or nonstick skillet over medium warmth. Butter one aspect of every slice of Rye bread. Place two of the bread slices buttered-side down on the skillet, then place cheese on high of every. (I make one sandwich at a time in the identical skillet, however you are able to do this in two skillets or one massive skillet if you happen to’d wish to make it go sooner.) After about 2 minutes, when the cheese has melted a bit, place tomatoes on one half and sliced onions (or a dollop of sauerkraut and Russian dressing, see photograph) on the opposite. Maintain the perimeter of the cheese uncovered a bit. Utilizing a spatula, gently flip one piece on high of the opposite, “sealing” the melty-cheese edges. Flip as soon as extra to ensure coloration is even on each side. Take away and let relaxation a minute earlier than slicing in half. Repeat with second sandwich.
What soup-and-sandwich combos would you advocate?