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Onion soup

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As the evenings start to get cooler, thoughts of warming comfort food come to mind. One that seems to be a favourite is onion soup. This recipe is simple to make plus it also freezes well. Local markets will have lots of fresh onions, in many varieties at this time of year.

Ingredients - serves 4 to 6, generous servings

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 cups of Onions, thin sliced, add more if you like lots of onion in your soup. Cooking, sweet or spanish style onions work best.
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock, regular, or low sodium
  • 4 cups Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Beef Bovril
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Brandy Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce
  • Salt (if using low Sodium Chicken stock) to taste
  • Optional: Croutons (or toast round) and melted cheese

Method

  1. Slice the onions very thin.
  2. Fry the onions in the butter, just until soft, not crisp.
  3. In a large pot (or stock pot) combine the chicken stock, water and Beef Bovril. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add the fried onions, Pepper, Brandy Extract and Worchestershire Sauce.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium heat. Cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Add salt after it has cooked. If you have used regular Chicken stock the salt content is most likely perfect. However, if you have used the low sodium Chicken stock you may want to add just a bit more salt. Add ¼ teaspoon at a time, tasting in between, until the desired level is reached.

Optional:

Serve the onion soup in an oven-proof bowl. Add crisp croutons (or a toast round) topped with grated cheese (your choice of cheese variety). Place the soup bowls on a cookie sheet, for stability. Place under the broiler, until the cheese just starts to melt. Watch it carefully as the cheese can burn easily. If using a toast round, cut a piece of crisp toast in a circle, that fits perfectly into the bowl.

Freezing:

Let the soup broth cool a bit. Ladle the broth into plastic sealed containers, leaving a bit of air at the top, to accommodate any freezing expansion.

Gluten free option: Use GF Worchestershire Sauce. You can make your own croutons from the crusts of your GF Bread. Toast the croutons in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or less, until they are toasted through.

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