Thursday, February 5, 2015

Garlic Butter Grilled Cheese Croutons with Tomato Basil Soup

Oh my!  This is one of those grab it out
of the pantry and wow your family or guests
kind of recipes that people are going to swoon over!!

These little nuggets -
Ok - these fat, luscious nutggets
of garlic bread filled with cheese are
out of this world.

And guess where we got the recipe?!!


Yup!!  This is one of those walk through
Costco stores and get something fabulous
to try and then you have to buy items!

My daughter even told them that she
didn't like grilled cheese, but after she
tried a bite, she said, "Maybe I do like grilled cheese!"

The star of the show is this
Chef Shamy Gourmet Garlic Butter that
they were featuring at Costco.

Simply spread thick bread, we used
Costco's thick sliced French Bread Loaf
but Texas Toast would be great with this
fabulous garlic butter (and yes, this is made with
real butter, not some nasty substitute) on the
outsides and layer the inside with a nice thick
layer of shredded cheddar cheese (of course we
used some from Costco!)

Then place it on a griddle that is heated to
about 325 degrees.  You don't want it too hot
as this makes a thick sandwich that will take
some time to melt.  Flip it when golden and
grill on the other side.  If you want, you can place
a large saucepan lid over the sandwich to help
the cheese melt.

Of course you could make your own
garlic butter!  It is the garlic butter and
the thick bread that made the croutons
out of this world so even if you don't have
a Costco, or if yours doesn't have this
Garlic Butter, you can make these
luscious nuggets, or just eat it as a grilled
cheese sandwich!  

When the cheese is hot and gooey, carefully slice
the sandwich into croutons and place in the
middle of a bowl of Tomato Basil Soup
(also from Costco) and you have a fabulous
meal.  (Or make your own soup!) Talk about
easy and fantastic!

You might have to keep adding croutons
because really, the soup is just a dip for the grilled
cheese, right?

We had this for our lunch after skiing 
and it was outstanding.  

Thanks Costco for
all of the great ideas for this outrageously yummy meal.

I will be posting this with


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  1. It looks like a trip to Costco is needed! I love to go there on a Saturday afternoon and "graze" on the goodies they're showcasing. I love to dip my grilled cheese in my tomato soup anyway, but I've never thought of actually making croutons with it. Will definitely have to try it with the garlic butter- I hope my Costco has it! :)

  2. OOOO Lady-Girl! What luscious dreams you'll add to my sleep tonight. And a trip out and about tomorrow. I've been fancying some tomato-basil soup, and even snuck a couple of spoonfuls of PESTO into some plain creamy tomato.

    But this! Oh. My. You DO think of the yummiest things.

    I also mentioned you today to a friend who wants to put her blog into books. I told her I followed your lead and LOVE mine, all eight of them. And I thank you for showing yours, and how easy it was.


  3. The soup sounds amazing, wish I had some for lunch today:@)

  4. Wow that looks so yummy! I love grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. It never occurred to me to cube up some pieces and toss into the soup! That garlic butter sounds delicious! I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your time at Sundance!

  5. Oh, my goodness. My husband retired in the middle of last year and I have not been blogging, as often. I just caught up on some of your posts! I totally missed your hurricane woes. We have a place in Florida and worry about that occasionally. Your place in Cabo is gorgeous and I am so happy you have managed to get back to normal so quickly! Also, loved the post regarding your collection of glass hearts - so sweet! This soup looks yummy - thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. OK, I've just added this to the shopping list for when we go to Costco next time. I've not seen this garlic butter there, but perhaps because I wasn't looking for it. Now my eyes will be wide open in search of it so that I can give it a try. Sure, I could make my own garlic butter, but why go through the trouble when Costco has it and it's good? :-) I can think of a bunch of ways to use it, especially during these frosty winter months! My husband and I are both grilled cheese lovers, and this sounds "mm, mm good!"

    Have a great weekend!!!

  7. I wonder if this garlic butter has made it up here to our local Costco yet? Sometimes things are a tiny bit slower. The soup and croutons sound delicious - just right for a grey and foggy west coast evening.

  8. We don't shop at Costco, but you are tempting me to get a membership. This looks so delicious! I'd need to be skiing those slopes though if I were adding this to my diet. ;-)
    Happy skiing! The slopes look beautiful.

  9. Ok, super yummy and better yet, from Costco. Real comfort food for the soup. I noticed, you don't comment on my blog anymore...

  10. What a great idea! I have the butter in my fridge right now. With a couple of other varieties as well. I have never tried Costco's tomato basil soup. I will now. This is a great post as it is something anyone could use and a great time saver and looks absolutely delicious! Thank you Jacqueline....

  11. You've got to love Costco! What a delicious idea and a perfect combination.

  12. And I thought I had seen every grilled cheese tomato soup combo! Wow, Jacqueline, this sounds too incredible! And easy!! Win win! Thanks for the great info, I will be running to Costco now!

  13. Comfort food at its finest, that's for sure! Sundance looks so pretty; you sure know how to live the life! :)

  14. I love that butter. Why make your own when Chef Shamy's is so good. The grilled cheese samples is worth walking around the freezer section in circles just to get a few tastes. The snow at your cabin is gorgeous.


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