Wednesday 2 November 2011

French Onion Soup With Gruyere Crountons

When I was living in Indian we never ever had soup, I think the first time I had soup was when I was a teenager and that too in Chinese Restaurant. And that time my favourite soup was Sweet Corn Soup, then later I jumped to Wonton Soup then I got married and came here and Hans loves soups.
Here we have a small bowl og soup every afternoon , if there is no soup I think I would go as fas as saying Hans would get depressed :-)
So I do make soup a lot at home, I make them in a whole bunch and keep in the fridge in a tupperware for three days and when I make  certain soup a bigger portions I freeze them in small portions so that there is always soup at home.
This Soup is totally different that the older Easy onion soup  I have posted. which I do make often as I always have onions at home and that one is so easy to make when I hav eno other vegetables to make soup.

But this one is a real luxury Onion Soup. And don't make it if you don't have enough time, as this one takes a while to make but sure worth it.It does take time to chop the onions, caramalize them etc..... and also a luxury one with wine and cognac etc... but the taste is just superb. Not to mentions the slices of bread with melted cheese.

50 gm butter
2 tbso oilive oil
2 kg onions ( yellow/white ones, don't use the red onions)
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Sherry Vinegar ( I didn't have so i used raspberry vinegar)
1500 ml good beef broth ( I don't like beef broth so I usee good chicken broth, ofcourse you can use vegetarin broth too)
1 1/2 tbsp of flour
150 ml of dry white wine ( optional but it adds to the taste)
1 tbsp Cognac
Salt and balck pepper to taste

For the croutons
6 to 12 slices of thick baguttes ( if it is one day older it is better too)
1 clove garlic
1 tsp french mustard paste
125 gm grated gruyere

Heat the butter and oil in a big pan.
Add the onions and stir so that all the onions pieces are coated with butter and oil.
Fry them for 5 to 8 minutes  in a medium fire; till they get softer. Stir in between twice.
Add the thyme.

Non tirn the fire to low. And fry the onions for 20 to 30 minutes covering the pan with a lid, and inbetween making sure to stir otherwise you will burn the onions.

After 20 to 30 minutes remove the lid turn the fire a bit higger , add the sugar, and fry them for 5 to 10 minutes, till the onions turn brown.
Add the Vinegar and turn the fire huget. Fry the onions till they are dark brown. Stirring them regularly.
This wil take aprox 15 to 20 minutes.

In the mean time bring the broth to boil.
Add the flour to the onion mixture and bake for 2 minutes so that there is no flour taste.
Pour the boiled broth into the onion mixture and also add the cognac, peper and salt. Let the soip simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes.

For making the croutons.
Preheat the oven to 150°C.
Lay the slices of bagutte in a baking plate and toast them till they are brown.
Rub them with garlic , spread mustard paste and scatter with the chees and grill till the cheese is melted.
Ok that is what the recipe said in the book, for makign the croutons, but I just slices the bagutte, rubbed the garlic, spread the mustars and then chesse and staight grilled them till the cheese was melted.
For serving the spup, pour the soup in cups , topping up with 1 or 2 slices of the grilled baguttes and serve.


Shinta said...

Wow, this is like no other soup I'v heard of. Recently came across your blog, brilliant recipes Finla!

Polystyrene said...

Lovely recipe Finla. I think I am gonna love it. I love soups and my favourite has always been the Wanchau soup. I will try this soon. And it was reading many of your recipes. You are thoroughly enjoying cooking. I am glad to see people following their passion. Keep cooking and keep blogging.

Gloria Baker said...

Delicious Happy Cook I love soups and this look delicious! gloria

Cham said...

I like the gruyere crouton soaking the onion flavor! I guess ur freezer is filled with variety of soups :)

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, my most favourite soup, can die for it...Well done F..

AJ said...

My favourite soup!!

Unknown said...

this is one soup which is on my list to make sometime.....never got around to it! the croutons!

Miri said...

My favourite soup! And so worth all the trouble taken to make it!

My Kitchen Antics said...

its perfect soup weather here, im thinking i shud make this today itself :)

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

This soup is perfect with winter coming up- especially with that grilled baguette on top :)

Jaya M said...

Sweet corn soup and wonton soup are my fav still..and we love soups and this looks so so delicious, perfect for a cold winter night..hugs and smiles

Anonymous said...

Hello Finlah!

I love a good & decent tasty slow roasted onion soup & to serve these tasty baguettes with it makes it all divinely looking!

This is perfect comfort food!

DV said...

The roasted onions look brilliant! I love soups too ad this is on my to-do list now :)