Alright, I know what you’re thinking, “who eats a hot soup in hoooot summer?”(yes hot had to have that many O’s). Well, I thought the same, but my office likes to keep the air condition on “antarctic”. Literally, I did an experiment with ice and it didn’t melt. Anyway long story short, I’m cold at work I pack my lunch so why not pack something warm. Thus the french onion soup was born, by born I mean I decided to make it for lunch. This recipe is one of the only times I get to use a full stick of butter so it immediately had my attention. I also wanted to experiment with the taste, which is why I used three different types of onions. Here’s what I used…
large red onion
large Vidalia onion
large yellow onion
stick of butter
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 bay leaves
32 oz of beef broth
1 tbsp herbs de Provence
salt & pepper to taste
sherry or any dry wine
Chop the onions according to your size preference. I chose to make the pieces a little larger.
While chopping the onions, heat a large pan and melt a stick of butter. Add the seasonings at this time. Once butter is melted add onions and Worcestershire sauce. Saute until deep brown in color (about 30 minutes).
Once the onions are caramelized to your liking, deglaze the pan with about a cup of sherry. Be sure to remove all the dark bits from the bottom of the pan.
I had some other things to do so I decided to finish the soup off in the slow cooker. Add the onions, bay leaves, and beef broth to the slow cooker and finish on high for around four hours.
When ready to enjoy, place the soup in an oven proof ramekin and top with Gruyere cheese. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Enjoy with toasted garlic bread and top with some fresh herbs!
Side note: life is so beautiful and I’m consciously living in a state of gratitude. Life is better when you stop and truly look at the small things around you. I was able to find beauty in this red onion.
Just wanted to share that, I pray your week is blessed. Let me know in the comments what beauty you’ve noticed while cooking and in your daily life.