Roasted Tomato Bisque with Yogurt, Basil and Olive Oil Recipe
Roasted Tomato Bisque with Yogurt, Basil and Olive Oil
Flavors of Canada
Total time: more than 2 hours
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Oven temperature: 85° C (170° F)
Cooking time: 4 hours for the tomato confit, 40 minutes for the bisque
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

A light recipe from Chef Hans Stierli for the menu of the Avello Spa & Health Club in the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler

Ingredients for 6 servings
- 500 g (18 oz.) peeled whole Tomatos
- 200 ml (3/4 cup) chicken stock
- 150 g (5 oz.) confit tomatoes (see below)
- 150 g (5 oz.) sliced mushroom caps
- 50 g (2 oz.) minced onion
- 10 g (2 tsp.) peeled minced garlic
- 10 g (2 tsp.) fresh basil
Basil garnish
- 125 g (4 oz.) Basil
- 75 ml (5 tbsp.) extra virgin olive oil
- Plain yogurt
Confit tomatoes
- 2 kg (4 1/2 lb.) Tomatoes
- 20 ml (4 tsp.) extra virgin olive oil
- 15 g (1 tbsp.) fresh thyme
- 5 g (1 tsp.) sea salt
- 1/2 clove of garlic

Making the tomato confit

  1. Peel the tomatoes and and remove the cores; cut in half and remove the seeds;
  2. place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or other paper that will stand up to the oven temperature) or on a non-stick pan; do not use aluminum foil which will oxidize the tomatoes;
  3. sprinkle with the thyme, minced garlic, sea salt and olive oil;
  4. place in a preheated 85° C (170° F) oven for 4 hours.

Making the Basil Garnish

  1. Blanch the basil leaves for 15 seconds in boiling water; remove immediately and place on ice;
  2. purée the basil and olive oil in a blender or food processor until smooth

Making the Bisque

  1. In a skillet, sauté the onions, garlic and tomato confit for a few seconds; reduce the heat and sweat the mixture for 10 minutes;
  2. pour in the chicken broth; add the basil, mushrooms and tomatoes; simmer for 30 minutes;
  3. purée the mixture in a blender;
  4. pour into soup bowls;
  5. whisk the yogurt to lighten its consistency; drizzle onto the soup along with the basil and oil garnish; serve hot, warm or cold.
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