|French onion soup with garlic and cheese toasts|
French onion soup with garlic & cheese toasts
My French onion soup with garlic and cheese toasts - delicious cold weather comfort food. My recipe is made with slow cooked caramelised onions, garlic, fennel seeds, white wine, beef stock and a secret ingredient (I'll give you a clue - you either love it or hate it...)
The (not so secret ingredient) marmite adds to the savoury umami depth of the soup and provides a little British twist to this French classic.
recipe by: Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin
preparation time: 30 minutes
cooking time: 60 minutes
for the soup:
750g thinly sliced onions
1250ml beef stock
150ml dry white wine
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp marmite
1 tbsp fennel seeds
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp red wine/sherry vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tbs butter
1 tbs vegetable oil
salt and pepper
for the garlic and cheese toasts:
1-2 garlic cloves
150g grated mature cheese (I used Cantal, but a mature cheddar or blue cheese would be good too)
about 1 tbsp marmite
add the oil and butter to a large preheated saucepan followed by the sliced onions, garlic, bay leaves, fennel seeds, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook on a low heat stirring occasionally until the onions are softened and caramelised.
when the onions are caramelised add the wine and deglaze the pan stirring well.
stir the cornflour into a few tbsp of stock before stirring it into the onions with the rest of the stock and marmite, cook on a low heat for 25-30 minutes. Check for seasoning - adding a bit more salt and pepper if needed.
to prepare the garlic and cheese toasts preheat the grill, slice the baguette and toast on both sides. Rub one side with a garlic clove, spread thinly with marmite and top with grated cheese before grilling again to melt the cheese.
serve the soup in bowls topped with the garlic and cheese toasts.
cooking hints & tips:
don't rush caramelizing the onions - it is this stage that adds the deep, savoury flavour to the soup. This will take at least 20-30 minutes.
you can of course make this vegetarian or vegan by using a vegetable stock and a non-dairy cheese substitute.
a delicious way of using up onions if you have too many to avoid food waste. #LoveFoodHateWaste
|French onion soup with garlic & cheese toasts|
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