How to make perfect grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup

New York Times contributor Carolina Gelen shares how to upgrade your grilled cheese with her recipe.
5:28 | 02/23/21

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Back here on "Gma," another ultimate upgrade to help warm you up on this Tuesday morning, grilled cheese and tomato soup. It is a classic pair and take a look at this video viewed -- liked more than the perfect grilled cheese sandwich, comes from food 52 "The New York Times" contributor Carolina Gelen joining us. Carolina, thanks for joining us. Let's start with the soup. You say forget about the cans and makes you're going homemade in the oven. Thank you so much for having me. Absolutely. We're forgetting about the cans and everything. Everything is going to be happening in the oven, right? Recipes are super easy to make. Dump a bunch of stuff in a pan, forget about it. Do laundry and we'll be done with dinner, okay? So here's what we're going to do. We'll dump a bunch of oil in a pan, right? Oil, love it, 10 out of 10. Some onion, right, roughly chopped onion, throw it in there. A good aromatic. Next up I got a surprise little ingredient which is a whole head of garlic. I know that might sound crazy, but I promise you, it won't make your soup taste like a bowl of aioli. It will get creamy and sweet in the oven and nice and swishy, okay. Next up I add the tomatoes in there. Here's the thing, winter produce is not that flavorful so what we're doing by roasting it in the oven, we're just like bringing all those flavors and letting them concentrate and marinate in there, adding basil because tomatoes and basil, such a good combo, some thyme in there. Maybe more olive oil on top. If you're a fan of spice that's also very nice, I'm adding serrano peppers in here and last but not last very important when it comes to tomato, salt and some pepper. And that's our soup right there. Now we're going to add this to the oven, we're going to bring it right here. Add it to the oven and this is what we're going to get after 40 minutes in the oftenen at 500 degrees fahrenheit. This is our soup, it's nice and caramelized, everything is super juicy and jammy as you can see? How do you turn that -- once you get it out of the oven how do we make soup out that have. That's the great question. Great, great question. I'll add everything to a blender with some vegetable stock and something creamy. I like to use full fat coconut milk but you could use heavy cream instead. Dump them all in the blender and blend well for about three to five minutes. I don't have a high speed blender but this one works really well. I'll just pour it so you can see the texture on it. Look at that beauty. Oh, my goodness. Are you seeing that? Looks delicious. Okay. Get this out of the way. Now we have the soup. We have the soup. We've got to have the grilled cheese and we hear that you've got some really tasty tricks for us. What are they? That is correct, robin. I like that you asked that. My tricks to a really good grilled cheese sand wi67. I want it to be crispy and I want it to be melty. You know, in order to do that, what's going to help us with that melty super ooey-gooey effect is low moisture mozzarella cheese and toasted my bread on each side. That will add a nice level of crunch on both sides. So I'm just adding the mozzarella cheese in there, then I'm adding some cheddar cheese, like a really good sharp cheddar cheese that brings the flavor so just mixing them all in there and just sandwich it all back together like so. There you have our sandwich. Any other tricks? There's a little trick, George. Here's what I got for you. I like to dump -- I like to have a lid on hand and like to dump about a tablespoon of water in there. It's going to sizzle, okay. Be careful with this, like that and I'm just covering it. And here's what that does, it lets the cheese melt fully because there's nothing worse than like breaking into a sandwich and there's a big chunk -- a block of cheese in the middle. That is true. Let me just show you what we've done, okay. I have another sandwich over here and I think we all know the most important question, don't we? Yep, to dunk or not to dunk, that is the question. That is the question. Let me just open the sandwich, see what we've done here. I'm going to open it right over here for y'all. Ooh. That's the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich if I've ever seen one. Wow. I think the answer to your question is very, very obvious, which is to dunk. Dunk this in here. People have very strong opinions about this online. I'm glad you saved that perfect stretch for national television. That was great. I'm dunking mine. I could never do that like that. Absolutely delicious. Thank you. This was great. Thank you so much for having Thank you. And all these recipes on our website.

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