There used to be a tea shop in our town that served High Tea and had the best little tea sandwiches, the best little quiches, and the most fun that girlfriends, grandmothers and granddaughters, sisters, bridal parties, could have. It moved locations for a while but has been closed for some time, and one thing it had, and shared by selling its little packets of the mixed herbs with its recipe, (you can mix your own herbs for the recipe) was its recipe for the best “Tomato Dill Bisque” that they served.
I have made this, but again, not in a long time. (Am I trying to say I have a lot of recipes?) I need to re-create this and make it again. It is so rich, and good, and leaving you wanting another cup. Make some, serve it in a tea cup, along with some mini tea sandwiches, and have yourself a tea party!
Tomato Dill Bisque
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 tsp dill seed
3 or 4 cups diced canned tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup butter
1 cup half & half (if you want to lighten up the recipe, you can use the fat free half and half)
1 tsp dill weed (one of my favorite herbs – have I mentioned that before?)
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup flour
Saute onion in butter. Add flour and spices. Stir in tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Simmer 15 minutes. Add parsley, honey, and half & half. Heat thoroughly. Serve with a sprig of fresh dill for garnish.
Me, I am ready for a “cup” right now. This may just be on the menu for this weekend! Along, of course, with a mini tea sandwich and a cup of hot tea! Won’t you come and join me?