The amazing French Onion Soup!!
I had some reservations about posting this recipe due to recent events that went on in Paris, thinking that it might be really bad timing to post a trivial soup recipe in light of what happened. However the more I thought about it the more I came to realize that if anything, posting a simple soup recipe was sticking the proverbial middle finger up at those that want to oppress freedom of speech, you know who you are. My soup has just as much right to be written like those people at Charlie Hebdo had to draw satirical cartoons, and I hope people continue to draw them whether people like it or not. I have come to the conclusion that freedom of speech is only worth its weight if people actually practice it. Free speech is a cornerstone of democracy, and we should all be able to express our views – however controversial – in peace, and without reprimand. Anyway, enough of my rambling, let me talk to you about soup.
Occasionally I will have a moment where I get addicted to a certain food for about a week or so, eating it every day until I either get fed up with it or common sense tells me to ‘just stop this nonsense’. It happened a few years ago with mashed potato, I ate it every day for about 2 weeks, each day altering it slightly until I just couldn’t physically take any more. Don’t ask me why I do it, I just do. On the plus side, however, I now make a decent mashed potato.
Last week I had another one of those moments, this time it was for french onion soup. I remember first having it when I was a teenager, my mother made it as a starter for one Sunday lunch. I also remember being completely weirded out by it, onions in a soup didn’t sit right with my 14-year-old brain. Then I tried it and loved it of course. Last week I was trying to go about my daily business when the flavor just hit me again, all of a sudden I was transported back to that day I first tried it, and that was it then, I was completely absorbed in the thought of onion soup, I knew there was no hope for me for at least a week.
This is my favorite soup by a mile, done properly this for me is one the most satisfying indulgences France has to offer, it’s sweet and supremely savory. Now there is debate over how it’s made, some argue over whether to use chicken or beef stock, whether to add thyme and which cheese to use. I’m of the opinion that as long as you cook the onions properly the rest is up to you. My preference is to use beef stock, it adds a rich, deep, savory flavor to the soup that I think you just don’t get from chicken stock. I also prefer Emmental cheese over Gruyère, the reason is although Gruyère tastes amazing I find it hard to stomach its pungent sweaty sock like odor, call me a fool I know.
If you make my French onion soup recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
1kg onions peeled, halved and sliced Try out our French onion soup recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How do you make French onion soup
1 liter of good beef stock (use home-made or a really good pre-bought one, I used Knorr jelly stock)
1 heaped dessertspoon plain flour
1 bay leaf
250ml white wine, one that you would drink
150g Gruyère or Emmental cheese, grated
1 clove of garlic peeled
French baguette for toasting
Salt and pepper
A little olive oil
Small knob of butter
Pinch of sugar
1kg onions peeled, halved and sliced
Try out our French onion soup recipe and post your results below in the comments…