I was a little bit down this week. It started to be very dark and cold outside, and it rained endlessly. That really got to me. That’s why I decided to challenge myself in the kitchen and cook something extra nice today. I wanted something that goes well with a nice glass of red wine… to make sure the mood is set right for the weekend. And this is what I came up with: French onion soup.
For me it is a perfect recipe for the cold days and with lots of melted cheese it surely brings back a smile on my face. As I never cooked an onion soup before, I researched a bit online and the ingredients for most recipes are fairly similar. The French seem to be very particular on the cheese that should be used (Gruyere) but as I could not get it I used Cheddar.
After letting all my emotions out while cutting the onions, the soup almost cooked itself and it smelled and tasted absolutely yummy.
Level: Medium | Time: 60 minutes | serves 4
A good knob of butter
2 gloves of garlic, finely sliced
500-600 ml of good quality chicken stock
4 big white onions
1 glass of red wine
Cheese, grated (Gruyere would be great but I could not get it so I used cheddar.)
White bread such as baguette, roasted and cut into small pieces (crouton like)
2 TS of flour
2 Bay leaves, 2-3 TS of dried Thyme
Salt and Pepper
- Peel and cut the onions into thin rings and finely chop the garlic.
- Melt the butter on a medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic to a medium-sized pot. If you have one, use one a heavy stewing pot.
- It will take about 20 minutes until the onions cook down. Make sure that they don’t burn.
- Now, add in the glass of wine and keep stirring for another 10 minutes.
- When the wine has reduced, add 2 TS of flour, salt and pepper, the herbs and the stock, and allow the soup to cook on a low heat for another 20-30 minutes.
- To serve: Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees using the top heat setting. Ladle the soup into a bowl, add the pieces of bread and cover it with grated cheese. Bake for 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and is bubbly and golden.