Monday, August 15, 2011


Last week was our final exam for our Culinary Skills 2 class. We had to make an appetizer and a main course, and the appetizer was a delicious Roasted Tomato soup with a BLT crouton. We have quite a bit of artistic liscense in our class, as we are always encouraged to find our own way to garnish the dish! I decided to make a mini bite sized BLT!

The tomato soup is really delicious, a great soup for the summer, and especially heading into the fall if you are still dying for that taste of summer. The soup is light, but rich at the same time. Finishing it off with a touch of cream and basil just makes it that more luxurious.

Serves 4
8 plum tomatoes
50g tomato paste
1 onion
1 celery stalk
1 carrot 
4 slices of bacon
60g of butter
60ml olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 sprigs of basil
For the mini BLT ( 20g of iceberg lettuce, 2 slices white bread + some bacon and slice of tomato)
1 L chicken stock
1/4 cream (optional)
Salt and pepper

1.    Roast tomatoes in a 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes
2.    In a pan, add butter and oil and sauté bacon, mirepoix (celery, onion, carrot) and garlic puree until lightly browned
3.    Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and cover with chicken stock and let simmer for 45-1 hour
4.    Blend the soup, and strain
5.    Return to stove and keep warm
6.    Chiffonade basil
7.    Add basil and cream into soup
8.    Adjust seasoning and serve warm
9.    Shape crouton and fry in butter until golden brown
10.   Assemble mini BLT on skewer


  1. Greg (fellow George Brown Culinary student)March 27, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    Hello, I have to make this dish as well in about a month and was looking for inspiration and comparing what I found to my ideas for the presentation. I just had to leave a comment to let you know how much I like your BLT on a skewer idea! The blog is looking pretty nice as well, keep up the good work :)

  2. Hi!
    Im just considering how can the lettuce stick with the skewer ??? Im gonna do my final exam in 2 monre weeks

    1. Well I just used a square piece of lettuce that I cut to fit, and then poked a hole through it using the skewer! I hope this answers your questions?

  3. You are not going to chiffonade the lettuce, Dah, be creative - use your own imagination

  4. Thank you for the kind comment Greg!

  5. Skewer is a great idea. I am wondering, what mark did u get?

    hanks for sharing.