French onion soup
I love french onion soup but not quite as much as my husband does and here is my version!!
So here we are in 2016. How fast did last year go? Everyone I know seems to be starting a detox or cleanse of some sort today to coincide with going back to work (aka reality). We are actually starting our cleanse tomorrow, with some travelling and a gazillion jobs on our agenda today, it will be difficult to manage the organisation of eating well too. So, just before we return home we are having our final day of indulgence. Talking of indulgence..
This isn’t a soup for anyone thinking detox right now. This is a soup for anyone thinking comfort right now.
As I mentioned in our Habits and hopes for 2016 post, we have joined Simple Green Smoothies, 30 Day Challenge to help with the detox process. These lovely ladies send a shopping list of ingredients and recipes for smoothies for 30 days which they promise will help combat cravings and make you glow. Sounds good enough to me..There are no other specifications for the 30 days, other then to have one smoothie a day and whatever else you desire. Now because I am a good girl, our other meals will be healthy and balanced too. 😉
Moving on to erm.. a soup that isn’t really known for it’s health benefits. Here we have my version of a homely delicious french onion soup. Made with only a handful of ingredients, the key ingredient here is time. Often people will use a slow cooker/crockpot to make it. I prefer to make it on the stove. Usually because I know that I need to have it ready by the time my husband walks in. My husband loves french onion soup. Every year, he goes through a month of only wanting to eat soup EVERY DAY and every year, at the beginning of that month, we always start with french onion soup. I think it’s because he likes to ease into the whole soup idea and french onion soup feels more like a heavy meal, then a soup.
The french use comte cheese to top their soups, I use Gruyere cheese because that is what my husband likes. If you do not like that cheese, please do not use it! Use a cheese that you like. The only thing i would say is to try and use a cheese that melts well – all over that bread and into the soup too hopefully.
So here is my recipe for the perfect winter warming french onion soup.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3 tbsp butter
- 500 g very finely slices onions
- 500 ml good beef stock or 2 stock cubes in 500ml boiling water
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 100 ml white grape juice or water
- 1 tsp sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 slices bread of your choice (about 2.5 cm thick)
- 150 g gruyere cheese crumbled (or a melty cheese of your choice)
- Add the oil and butter to a pan.
- Add the onions to a pan on high heat, with the sugar and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
- Season the onions with salt and pepper, add garlic and simmer on low heat for a further 20 minutes stirring every 2 to 3 minutes.
- The onions should be a dark brown colour but not burnt (this depends on the thickness of the onion slices).
- Add the flour and stir through, allowing to cook for 2 minutes.
- Pour in the stock, grape juice and worcestershire sauce.
- Remove any scum that has gathered in top of the soup.
- Simmer for a further 15 minutes.
- Add the thyme and turn off the heat.
- Slice the bread to 2.5 cm and top the 4 slices with an equal amount of cheese and set to one side.
- Pour the soup equally between 4 bowls.
- Pop a slice of the bread on to each bowl.
- Put under a grill until the cheese has melted.