Traditionally, whisky went straight from the bar cabinet into the glass. Occasionally, it went with some ice or a mixer or just a few drops of water. But then, sometime along the way, whisky took a detour to the kitchen and voilà, a new ingredient was discovered by cooks all around the world.
Whisky has an interesting flavour profile. For example, blended Scotch whisky is derived from a blend of other Scotches and then matured in oak casks for many years. This makes it ideal to enhance a wide variety of flavours in foods.
It brings out the smokiness in smoked food, the sweetness in desserts and the warmth in a big bowl of delicious soup.
That’s right, cooking with this golden liquid might just add a whole new dimension to that boiling pot of soupy goodness. So, get that bottle of Black & White Scotch whisky and whisk away with these delicious ingredients to make a hearty tomato whisky soup.
1/3 cup Black & White whisky
6 cups of canned roasted whole tomatoes
6 tbps unsalted butter
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
1tbsp dried basil leaves
2tbsp brown sugar
2 cups cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pot, melt butter. Add onions and garlic and cook till they soften.
Add dried basil and tomatoes with a little water to the pan for it to blend well.
Break up the large chunks to allow it to cook evenly. Bring to a boil and allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Once it’s cooked, use an immersion blender to blend the soup.
Then add cream and brown sugar and stir thoroughly.
Add the whisky, salt and pepper to taste.
And, your whisky tomato soup is all set…. well, almost. Wait a minute...
To add an extra layer of oomph to it, serve it in a bowl rimmed with grilled cheese.
How to rim your soup bowl with grilled cheese?
In a skillet, combine 3/4 cup fine breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Toast until golden brown and place on a plate. Then take an empty bowl and rub the rim with a lemon wedge. Place the rim in the grilled cheese mixture. Next, pour the soup into it and serve.
If you’re looking for a way to stay warm this winter, what better than this whisky soup that combines both the goodness of whisky and soup together.
*Sip on it responsibly!
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