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CHEETOS® Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup

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A deliciously familiar comfort food to warm every CHEETOS® lover’s soul. A hearty CHEETOS® tomato soup and small grilled cheese sandwiches filled with bacon, tomato and cheesy CHEETOS®.

Ingredients

1¼ cup

Coarsely chopped CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeño Cheese Flavored Snacks

½ cup

Extra virgin olive oil

1

Large red onion

Pinch crushed red pepper

3

Cloves garlic

1 cup

White wine

2 pounds

Ripe summer tomatoes

10

Basil leaves, cut into chiffonade

2 cups

Tomato juice

2 cups

Day-old Italian bread, crusts removed and cubed

1 ½ cups

CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks

High-quality olive oil for finishing

16 slices

Bacon

8 slices

Beefsteak tomato, ¼-inch thick

2 ½ cups

Grated cheddar cheese (grated on the large holes)

1 ½ cups

Mayonnaise

8 slices

White or sourdough pullman loaf

8

Cheddar cubes

4

White cheddar cubes

12

Pickled jalepeño slices

8

Cherry tomatos

4

Whole CHEETOS® Puffs Cheese Flavored Snacks

4

Sprigs of basil

Steps

1

Coat a large, wide pot with olive oil over medium heat, and add the onions. Season with salt and crushed red pepper. Cook the onions for 8 to 10 minutes until they are soft. Add the smashed and finely chopped garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

2

Add the wine and reduce by half.

3

Stir in the tomatoes and season with salt. Cook until the tomatoes are soft. Toss in the whole basil leaves.

4

Working in batches, carefully purée the tomato soup in the blender until smooth. Return purée to the pot.

5

Stir in the bread and 1 cup of coursly chopped CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks, and cook the soup over medium heat until the bread and CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks have lost their shape. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

6

Serve the soup in a cup. Cover the rim with finely pulverized CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks. Top the soup with basil chiffonade and a drizzle of olive oil.

Garnishing on Tomato Soup

7

Skewer 1: (From bottom to top)

a. Cheddar cube

b. Jalapeno slice

c. White cheddar cube

d. Jalepeño slice

e. Cheddar cube

8

Skewer 2: (From bottom to top)

a. Cherry Tomato

b. CHEETOS® Puffs Cheese Flavored Snacks

c. Cherry Tomato

9

Place 1 crispy slice of bacon between skewers.

10

Finish with a spring of basil and chopped basil for garnish.

Grilled Cheese

11

Cook 12 slices of bacon until crisp but still slightly pliable.

12

Spread an even layer of mayonnaise on 1 side of 4 slices of the bread. Lay the bread mayo-side down. Sprinkle grated cheese in a thin, even layer on each slice of bread. Arrange 3 slices of bacon on top of the cheese. Place 2 tomato slices on each sandwich.

13

Sprinkle remaining cheese on each sandwich. Sprinkle each sandwich with chopped CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheddar Jalepeño and top with the remaining bread. Spread a thin, even layer of mayo on each bread. Press down sandwich.

14

Cook the sandwiches on a griddle or a sauté pan until brown and crispy on both sides and the cheese is melted. Cut each sandwich into thirds.

15

Serve the hot sandwiches next to the tomato soup.

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