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French Onion Soup

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Ingredients

3-4 large, white Onions
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
4 cups Chicken/Beef/Vegetable Stock
1 Bay Leaf
2-3 sprigs Fresh Thyme/Rosemary
4 or more slices Crisps/Crackers/French Baguette
1/3 cup, grated Gruyere Cheese

French Onion Soup

à la Joni

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    • 1 hour
    • Serves 4
    • Easy

    Directions

    This French Onion Soup is my spin on the traditional. I came up with this recipe  November 2014 when all I had in my fridge were onions, cheese, and bread. Instead of butter I used olive oil and apple cider vinegar instead of wine and low and behold…it turned out amazing! I also do not own oven safe bowls so I am broiling the bread and cheese separate.

    Steps

    1
    Done

    Prepare The Onions

    Start by slicing your onions into (somewhat thin) rings and toss them into a hot soup pot with 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of kosher salt and 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper. Allow the onions to sweat on medium-low heat for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    2
    Done

    Add The Herbs and Stock

    After the onions are browned and caramelized, add the apple cider vinegar or half a glass of dry white wine. Stir and slightly scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to release all of the flavor bits. Next, add the stock to the pot as well as 1 bay leaf and 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme and/or rosemary. Simmer the soup on medium heat covered for 10 minutes then taste and adjust for seasoning, if necessary. I tend to add a bit more pepper at this point. The salt will depend on the type of stock you use. Once the soup is to your liking, turn off the heat and remove the bay leaf and thyme/rosemary sprigs.

    3
    Done

    Broil The Bread and Cheese

    Turn on your oven to Broil (500F) and cut your baguette into diagonal slices and place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Grate the Gruyère cheese then top each bread slice with a generous amount of grated cheese.

    Broil the bread with cheese for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is slightly browned. Keep and eye on it!

    4
    Done

    Serve

    Ladle soup into warmed bowls and serve with a slice or two of the cheese bread slices.

    Joni

    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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