Thursday, October 12, 2006

Souper Tuesday (on Thursday)

okay, so I'm a little late. First of all, it was too warm Tuesday and the few days before to have soup. We were up in the 80's! Beautiful weather. But mother nature was only playing a mean trick. Today reality came blowing in....high winds, temps in the 30's and SNOW! Yep, the first snow of the season. Nothing sticking, but snow showers none the less. So that made today the perfect day for hot soup. I made some French Onion soup for lunch. It was fabulous. Fairly easy, just time consuming. Keep in mind that you need to start this 2 1/12 - 3 hours ahead or make ahead and serve when ready.

French Onion Soup

2 Tbsp oil
3 Tbsp butter
6 c. thinly slice onion
1/2 tsp sugar
2 1/2 qts beef broth
1/2 c. dry white wine
sprig fresh thyme (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
8 slices slightly stale French bread
2 c. grated Gruyere cheese

Heat the oil in a heavy 5-6 qt pan. Add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the onions and cook slowly, covered for 10 minutes. Add the sugar and salt. Cook onions slowly until onions caramelize and turn to a rich brown color. Do not let them burn! This will take 45-60 minutes.

Add the wine and cook 5 minutes, still over low heat. Add the stock and check for seasoning. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

To serve:
Toast the French bread slices until golden brown. Ladle the soup into an ovenproof bowl, add the toasted bread and cover with the cheese. Bake at 350 degreesF. for 20 minutes or 5 minutes under a hot broiler.


I have some really interesting/fun news to share with you, but I want to wait until tomorrow to be sure. I'm am SO excited, and there will be pictures (I hope). So be sure to check back. Take care and I am still looking for some new soup recipes. Please don't hesitate to share. Thanks!


chesneygirl said...

Oh boy!! Anxiously waiting for the exciting news!!! :)

Monique said...

Can't wait to read your news. I will definitely check back!

Rachel said...

It has gotten chilly here so the soup looks good!

Exciting news huh?? Okay, I'll check back!

Sue said...

Yummy looking! We're starting to feel a bit more fall here. This would be good on a chilly evening!
I'll be watching for your news :-)

Barb said...

Our weather must be pretty similar here, I made my first soup of the season on Thursday as well. Your basic beef noodle, but yummy just the same! I'll be checking back for your news