Sunday, October 16, 2016

Soups of the World - French Onion Soup

I've had french onion soup before but didn't like it so I thought I'd have another go at it without the wine. It was popular as a food for poor people anyway since it's made of easily grown abundant onions so without wine makes more sense!


1kg onions
500ml beef stock
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons flour

If you want to serve it with cheese toast on top then you will also need some sort of bread, baguette or roll plus some cheese such as gruyere.

Peel and chop the onions in half and then slice thinly.

Heat up some butter or oil in a pan and soften the onions. Add the sugar and slowly caramelise the onions, stirring constantly.

Stir in the flour and then add the hot stock. Simmer for about 15 minutes until it thickens a bit.

Grate the cheese onto whatever bread you decided to go with and grill it until the cheese melts and the bread toasts some. Place the cheese toasts on top of the soup. I decided to serve the bread separately.

I loved French Onion soup this time! The cheese bread was fantastic dunked in the soup. I broke up some bread to have as croutons and it was delicious soaking the soup up. The caramelised flavour of the onions made the soup tasty and the texture of the softened onions was lovely too. It wouldn't be too bad being a poor French peasant as long as you could afford a bit of cheese and bread to dip in your soup. :)