Tuesday, March 23, 2010

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is one of my favourite soups! Mum used to make it for us and the family all loved it! This particular soup is one that I made up using ideas from a few different recipes, not the same as mums. The worst part is chopping the onions. If you have a food processor, I highly recommend using it to slice the onions to save the trouble and tears of cutting several onions. When making the soup be patient with sauteing the onions - this is the longest part of the cooking process and will determine the flavour of the soup.

I served the soup with toasted cheese and bread. To do so, just toast crusty bread (I used sourdough) in the toaster and top with grated mild cheese. Place in grill until cheese is bubbling and place in the soup bowl :)

French Onion Soup


- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8-9 baby onions or 4 large onions
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1 litre of beef stock


1. Slice onions in half n slice thinly.

2. Melt butter n oil in a saucepan on a medium heat. Add sliced onions.

3. Saute the onions, mixing often. Continue doing so for about 20 minute or until the onions are translucent and lightly golden.

4. Add the brown sugar and stir. Again let the onions saute for 20 minutes so that they caramelise, ensuring you stir frequently.

5. Add the balsamic vinegar, stir and cook for a few minutes.

6. Add flour, whilst stirring the onions

7. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Season with salt, cracked pepper and mixed dried herbs. Let the soup simmer for 10 minutes.

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