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heirloom tomato bisque

Heirloom Tomato Bisque

  • Author: Chef Jack Strong, Executive Chef at JORY, the restaurant located in The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This soup is made with fresh heirloom tomatoes, apple juice and fennel, then seasoned with herbs to bring out the best in the ingredients.


  • 8 each Heirloom tomatoes – chopped
  • 2 each fennel bulbs – chopped, reserve the fronds
  • 1 carrot- peeled & chopped
  • 2 each onion – peeled & chopped
  • 12 cloves of garlic – chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 quart of Apple Juice
  • 1 bunch of fresh picked tarragon
  • 1/2 cup sherry vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • In a large pot on medium heat sweat the onion, carrot, fennel, garlic, coriander seeds & fennel seeds until translucent.
  • Deglaze with the apple juice and reduce by half.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer until cooked through.
  • Add the fresh tarragon & sherry vinegar at the end and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Puree in a blender and strain through a chinos or fine strainer, season with salt and white pepper to taste then cool.
  • In a saucepan bring salted water to a boil. Score an X on the bottom of the reserved heirloom tomato & blanch just for a minute or until the skin starts to peel away.
  • Drop into your ice bath and allow too cool. Peel and remove the outer layer of tomato meat, small dice and toss into a bowl.
  • Mix the diced concasse tomatoes with the fennel fronds, tarragon, olive oil and season to taste.
  • For plating place a round ring mold into the center of a soup bowl, fill with your diced tomato mixture, lightly pack and remove mold.
  • Garnish with nice sprig of fennel frond and pour warm soup tableside to finish


For hot version skip the step to drop bisque into ice bath

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Native American

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