Monday, December 19, 2011

Meatless Monday - French Onion Soup

What's better than a guest post?...a guest chef!  For this week's Meatless Monday, my husband, Kovas cooked up some French onion soup.  Super delicious and easy to make (especially for me:) -

Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking:
Heat in soup pot over medium-low heat until butter is melted:
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs olive oil
Add and stir to coat:
5 medium onions, thinly sliced
Pinch of dried thyme

Cook onions over medium heat, stirring occasionally, watching they don't scorch.  As soon as they start to brown (about 15 minutes), reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook, covered, stirring more often, until the onions are a rich brown color (about 40 minutes).  
Stir in: 
2 Tbs dry sherry or cognac
Increase heat to high and cook, stirring constantly until sherry has cooked off.  Stir in:
3 1/2 c vegetable stock (beef or chicken can also be used)
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.  Season with:
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place 8 ovenproof soup bowls (K had enough for 4 ramekins) on a baking sheet.  Ladle the hot soup into the bowls and top each serving with:
1 to 3 slices French bread, toasted if fresh
Sprinkle each bowl with:
3 Tbs grated Gruyere cheese 

Broil or bake in a 450 degree oven until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.  Serve immediately.
Bon appétit!
The whole family enjoyed it, even Little A Bomb and Munchkin.  The two older were surprised how well the ingredients (bread, cheese and onions) went together in a soup, and Gaigai is excited to help make it next time.  

Thanks for a delightful dinner Kovai!

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  1. It did turn out well. Substituting parmesan and white cheddar didn't seem to hurt. :)

  2. Love french onion soup but just realized I have not had it in ages....

  3. My mouth is watering! I may be making this.

  4. Looks delicious!! It's definitely getting to be the time of year for soup.


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