This French onion soup is a bowl of comfort..cheesy, warm and delicious. It is a KosherEye cold weather favorite. If you have a sharp knife or a mandoline, slicing the onions is a cinch.
1/2 cup unsalted butter (divided)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 medium onions, sliced thinly
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup white wine
¼ cup sherry
1 Tablespoon flour
1 quarts vegetarian broth, like Imagine Brand
1 baguette, sliced into about 1” slices
1/2 pound grated or sliced Gruyere or Swiss cheese
Optional: 1-2 teaspoons of parve chicken bouillon powder
Melt ¼ cup butter and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and salt to the pot. Cook on low, uncovered until the onions are golden and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft. Add the wine and sherry; bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Sprinkle the flour onto the onion mixture and stir. Cook on low for about 5 minutes more... Now add the broth, optional bouillon powder and bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with additional salt and pepper.
While onions are cooking…Turn oven to broil
Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Brush with ¼ cup melted butter. Broil until lightly brown. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere or Swiss cheese. Return to oven and broil until bubbly and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Put cheesy baguettes on top of soup and place back in oven for about 10 minutes. Ladle the soup in bowls and float several more cheesy baguette slices on top.
Serves about 6-8.- Bon Appetit!
This soup may be prepared dairy as in the above recipe, which uses butter, cheese and vegetable stock. Or omit all of the cheese, and make it vegan.
Or for parve or meat, omit all of the dairy ingredients by substituting olive oil for butter and omit the cheese. You may want to try Daiya brand cheese substitute – which is parve and kosher. Parma makes a parve Parmesan substitute.
Recipe: Kosher, soup