Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Dumplings Are Like Childhood Dim Sum

Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Dumplings — Thrillist Recipes
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As a kid you were totally awesome: always eating grilled cheese, never paying taxes. But you were also stupid: not knowing about dim sum, never paying taxes. Which is why I decided to combine the best parts of your childhood and adult life into these fried, bite-size morsels of cheesy bread dumplings filled with creamy tomato soup. They're so damn good they'll make you forget your parents were totally using you as a write-off all those years.

No bowl or spoon necessary.
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Grilled Cheese-Tomato Soup Dumplings Recipe

Total Time: 8 hours, including freezer time
Yield: 32

  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 16 slices Kraft Singles American cheese
  • 32 slices (about 1½ loaves) white sandwich bread, edges cut off
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil
  • Fill molds of an ice cube tray with soup (do not add water or milk). You should have enough soup to fill 8 molds. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Cut each cube into 4 pieces. Wrap each piece in half a slice of cheese. Wrap a slice of bread around the cheese and drizzle 1 tablespoon of milk on the bread to get it moist enough to bind into a ball. Make sure there are no open seams.
  • Heat oil to 325℉ in a deep fryer or a deep, heavy-bottomed pot fitted with an oil thermometer.
  • Fry dumplings in batches until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • Eat with caution, not only because they're hot, but because someone's going to fight you for that last one.
Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Dumplings — Thrillist Recipes
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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's Recipes editor. Follow her at @perrysant.