What is there to say about French Onion soup, really, except: OH MY FUCKING GOD. Delicious!!!
I’ve never made French Onion soup before. I know, that’s crazy right? Even crazier, I’ve never even EATEN it before!!! When I was young, I wasn’t a fan of onions. I remember BEGGING my mom to ‘leave the onions out’ of the food she made us. Most of the time, she would just cut them reeeeeeally small so that we didn’t realize they were in the meal. Moms are always sneaky like that!
Since I became a vegetarian about 6 years ago, I have really grown to love onions. I love each variety, however, I have a special infatuation with red onions. I used to cook with nothing but, until my boyfriend insisted I switch it up some. These days, you will find me with a couple of white and yellow onions in my grocery basket amongst the bag of red. 😉
Fuck-Yeah French (Red) Onion Soup
You will need:
- 5-6 red onions
- 1/4 c grapeseed oil
- 1-2 tbs organic unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbs mustard
- 2 tbs organic soy sauce or tamari
- 6 cups vegetable broth (or organic, grass-fed beef broth if you’re not veggie 😉 )
- salt, pepper, garlic powder
- French bread, sliced into ‘croutons’ and toasted
- Swiss Gruyere cheese, shredded
First, heat the oil and butter over medium flame. Add the onions and caramelize. (This should take around 30 minutes or so.) Stir until onions are sweet, slimy, and wonderfully brown. Now add the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and mustard. Cook for about 5 minutes. Next, pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
While the soup is simmering, slice and toast the French bread. Ladle the soup into an oven-proof bowl and top with the toasted crouton. Add a handful of Gruyere cheese to the top of the crouton and then place soup under broiler until cheese is melted. Finally, let cool slightly and DEVOUR!!!
Veggie and non-veggie lover’s will unite over this incredibly delicious soup! Even my carnivorous roommate (who hates onions ‘for the most part’) LOVED it! 🙂 Enjoy!!!! xoxo