<other than sleeping, wine, a quiet house and coffee...>
Today it was cold and rainy, the snow outside doesn't look pretty anymore, just yucky, brown and wet... it was a good day to make soup.
This French Onion Soup was pretty easy. It was NOT fast - I cooked it for about 3 hours, plus 30 minutes in the oven. The time would have been extended if I had made the bread that was necessary. My fav store Wegmans though, started carrying organic breads with few (and non-yucky) ingredients, that I would put in bread :) Check it out:
French Onion Soup
When available we use organic, fair trade, and/or local ingredients.
12 onions (I used 6 yellow and 6 Vidalia)
4 cloves of garlic
4 tbs of butter
4 cups of beef stock
4 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of water
1 tsp fresh rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley
Your favorite melty cheese: gruyere and swiss were the ones we picked
Crusty bread (we used the rosemary olive oil loaf above)
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice onions and sauté in butter. I had to do mine in batches – if you have a huge pot – use that :)
When onions are soft add stock, water, and spices and cook on low for at least an hour. I cooked it for 3. A note on the stock… I am going to start researching, ALL the brands of organic beef stock had (organic) caramel color. I don’t like it. Not one bit. The chicken stock was ours homemade… If you wanted to vegetarian this up – you could use veggie stock (some contain corn syrup so check – as do those “better than bouillon” and bouillon cubes).
So when you’re ready, in some oven safe bowl-type containers, put some soup, a BIG slice of bread (I cut it in one inch slices), and LOTS of cheese. We like our cheese around here… we buy it in blocks and it never lasts a week. We do not buy shredded cheese.
Put it in the oven and cook until the cheese is melty and delicious.*
*Unless you’re three and then first remove bread and cut into pieces <complain about bread being soggy>, then add ice to soup and wait until it’s cold and time to go to bed, then complain about eating two bites.<3
Soft, sweet onions!
Don't rush the cook time - it matters!
SO good. I promise. So so good.