Being heavily pregnant & almost ready to pop – I have been advised by many people to stock up my freezer. So this is me making a start! But this intensely delicious French Onion Soup has a unique KitchenMason twist…
Traditionally made with beef stock, I opt for chicken stock as I personally think it gives a more rounded & delicate flavour. Why don’t you be the judge and give it a go yourself?
Here is what you will need to make 6 Servings. (Approx 2 litres.)
For the Soup
- 50g Butter
- 750g Onions (approx 850-900g before peeling & slicing)
- 2 x Garlic Cloves
- 45g Plain Flour
- 187ml Bottle of White Wine
- 2 litres Chicken Stock (Good Quality)
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
- Salt & Pepper
To Serve (Optional)
- Slices of Stale Baguette
- Cheddar Cheese, grated
- Large lidded pot
Firstly, prep your veg. I honestly couldn’t be bothered to stand and slice all those onions – the solution? Get out your food processor with the slicing disc attachment & use that. It saves masses of time and effort.
So peel & finely slice all those onions and finely chop the garlic.
Take your large pot & place over a medium heat.
Add in the butter. When melted, tip in all the onions and give it a stir.
Continue to cook for approx 25-35 minutes whilst stirring occasionally. You want to get a nice golden brown colour – try not to be impatient and give in early. Also, don’t worry too much if it catches on the bottom of the pan, it’s all adding caramelisation & flavour!
Add in the bay leaves, thyme sprigs & a generous helping of salt & pepper. Stir it all up, pop the lid on and simmer for about 25 minutes.
If you want to serve straight away – preheat your grill.
Slice up an old, stale baguette and grate some cheese. Divide the soup between oven proof bowls, place 1-2 slices of baguette in each bowl and cover with grated cheese.
Place under the grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Serve immediately.
I absolutely adore this soup! There’s just something so much more special about the flavour when you use chicken stock instead of beef. I often find with the traditional recipe, there’s a rich ‘twang’ that I don’t enjoy but with this version? It’s just heavenly! And let’s be honest – everything is better with melted cheese :)
I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.