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French Onion Soup

à la Joni

  • Serves 4
  • Medium


This French Onion Soup is my spin on the traditional. I came up with this recipe last year November when all I had in my fridge were onions, cheese, and Raincoast Crisps. Instead of butter I used olive oil, apple cider vinegar instead of wine, and fig & olive crisps from Raincoast instead of the white bread slice and low and behold…it turned out amazing!



Prepare The Onions

Start by slicing your onions into (somewhat thin) rings and toss them into a hot soup pot with 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Allow the onions to sweat on medium heat for 10 minutes or so then add another tbsp of olive oil and cook for another 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Add Some Flavor

After the onions are browned and caramelized, add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. If you want to make a more traditional onion soup, add a glass of dry white wine instead of the apple cider vinegar. Stir and slightly scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to release all of the flavor bits. Next, add warm stock to the pot as well as 1 bay leaf and 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme. You can also add Herb de Provence, which is a spice blend typically used in French cuisine and includes thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, fennel, sage, and lavender.


If the soup now tastes to your liking it is time to turn on your oven to Broil (500F) and assemble. First remove both the bay leaf and thyme sprigs then grab your oven save dishes and fill them with the onion soup leaving some room at the top. Next, add 1-2 crisps or baguette slices then a heavy amount of shredded Gruyère cheese. Add more than you would usually because it melts like dream under the broiler and almost disappears! I recommend placing the dishes onto a baking sheet in case the soup bubbles over and the cheese drips. Only broil for 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned, keep and eye on it!


Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about healthy, colorful, and easy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states for over 12 years now. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on Instagram and Twitter via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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