Basil Tomato Consomme With Grilled Eggplant Croutons

Course : Grilling
Serves: 4
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2 1/2 pounds very ripe tomatoes -- chopped
1 tablespoon celery leaves and parsley -- chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 dash sugar
2 bunches fresh basil -- (about 4 cups leaves)
2 slices eggplant -- round 1/4 inch
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cloves garlic -- mashed

Preparation / Directions:

Place tomatoes, parsley, celery leaves, salt and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes. Strain through a food mill into a clean saucepan. Keep warm until ready To serve. Mix together the olive oil and garlic. Brush the eggplant slices with this mixture, then season with salt and pepper. Grill the eggplant under a grill or on the grill until cooked through. Dice into 1/4 inch cubes. Rinse and dry the basil. Slice in strips. Pour the hot soup into 4 warmed bowls, Garnish with the basil and the eggplant.

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