Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Soup, sweet soup!

I've made this French Onion soup twice in the past month. It is delicious and easy. I made it with my friends Darcie and Colin as a part of a New Year's Eve food-stravaganza. Following this rousing success, I decided to make it again for Laura (in hopes that i could convert the soup-leary).

And I can say, Laura has been converted. She loves this soup!

The sweetness of the onions, creaminess of the cheese and the soft crispy firmness of the toasted crouton - this soup is more than the sum of its parts.

Butter (unsalted)
Olive Oil
5 medium onions
stock (chicken or beef or a vegetarian version of these)
cheese - gruyere or cheddar

Now for the soup creation:
1.Over medium low heat, melt 2 tbsp of unsalted butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil
2. Add 5 thinly sliced medium onions (half moons are fine) and stir until coated
3. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, keep an eye on them so they don't burn)
4. Turn down to medium low, continue to cook until the onions are a rich brown approx 40 minutes ( My onions never seem to achieve the mahogany brown but they taste delicious. I think the key is tasting the onions.)
5.Add 3.5 cups of stock (i use chicken stock though the original calls for beef)
6. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20min.
7. Flavour with salt to taste

While the soup is simmering, create your croutons:

1. Slice baguette into 1 inch slices, 2 pieces per bowl of soup.
2. Brush both sides of slice and toast in oven until golden

1. Fill a bowl with soup
2. Place 2 croutons on top
3. Sprinkle cheese on top of crouton and a little in the soup

(Traditionally, the whole assembly is put under the broiler to melt the cheese but I don't think it is necessary. )

Be careful, before you know it the pot of soup for 5 will be gone.

1 comment:

Laura said...

It's true, I am a convert! And with no reluctance - from the first bite (slurp?) this soup was absolutely delish. We had a memorable version in Paris (that's another post!) and I thought, 'how could it be the same?' - or as good? But it was amazing! We should figure out a firm rich goat/sheep's (maybe sheep's) cheese to go on top for a non-cow version.

I like your description of the soup as being more than the sum of its parts! Yum. Who would've thought I'd be singing the praises of a soup? Clearly only your soup could have done it, Michelle.