Hey Curvy Girly’s!!!
There is so much to love about January. It’s the first month of year, filled with all the newness that is to come, it’s Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Haute Couture Fashion Week and to top it all off, it’s National Soup Month. I couldn’t let the month come to end without celebrating!
To pay homage to Paris for the Fashion week and #NationalSoupMonth, I’m making French Onion Soup.
French onion soup (French soupe à l’oignon) is a type of soup usually based on meat stock and onions and often served gratineed with croutons and cheeses on top. Although ancient in origin, the dish underwent a resurgence of popularity in the 1960s in the US due to a greater interest in French Cuisine. French onion soup is usually served as a starter. (Source)
My mom always said I was not your average little kid. I loved all the vegetables that most kids hated such as broccoli, Brussels spouts, cabbage and onions. So, it was no surprise to her when at the age of 6, we went out to an upscale restaurant and since I had recently received a excellent grades I was told that I could get whatever I wanted on the menu.
I remember reading the words I knew and a lot that I had to keep asking my mom to help with, but then I came across French Onion Soup. I knew I had to get. My mom laughed and said, are you sure? That’s really a grown up dish.” Of course at that point I had to have it, I wanted to be a grown up.
I placed my order and then it arrived to the table. This perfect white bowl with Cheese cascading down the side and the smell, just sent me to the moon. I dug my spoon into the soup and to my surprise there was bread and cheese on top of the most beautiful caramelized sweet onions that I’ve ever tasted. I was hooked!!!!
Now, as an adult with an mature palette and still a very serious love for onions, French Onion Soup is a comfort food. I wanted to share this recipe with you and hope that you enjoy it on a cool winter night, while watching TV, or snuggled up with your honey. It’s so good and very easy to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!!
What’s your favorite soup? Do you have a special try behind it? Share!
This Curvy Girl
French Onion Soup (Serves 8)
5 sweet onions (Vidialias)
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 c. white wine
10 oz. canned beef consume
10 oz. chicken broth
8 oz. apple cider (unfiltered is best)
Bouquet Garni; thyme sprigs, bay leaf and parsley tied together with kitchen string
1 loaf country style bread
Ground black pepper
Splash of Cognac (optional)
1 c. Gruyere cheese, grated
1. Trim the ends off each onion then halve lengthwise. Remove peel and finely slice into half moon shapes. Set electric skillet to 300 degrees and add butter. Once butter has melted add a layer of onions and sprinkle with a little salt. Repeat layering onions and salt until all onions are in the skillet. Do not try stirring until onions have sweated down for 15 to 20 minutes. After that, stir occasionally until onions are dark mahogany and reduced to approximately 2 cups. This should take 45 minutes to 1 hour. Do not worry about burning.
2. Add enough wine to cover the onions and turn heat to high, reducing the wine to a syrup consistency. Add consume, chicken broth, apple cider and bouquet garni. Reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Place oven rack in top 1/3 of oven and heat broiler.
4. Cut country bread in rounds large enough to fit mouth of oven safe soup crocks. Place the slices on a baking sheet and place under broiler for 1 minute.
5. Season soup mixture with salt, pepper and cognac. Remove bouquet garni and ladle soup into crocks leaving one inch to the lip. Place bread round, toasted side down, on top of soup and top with grated cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, 1 to 2 minutes. (Recipe Source)
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