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Friday, November 29, 2013

Onion Soup and Fresh Bread on a Very Cold Night

Good morning,

Ah, soup and fresh bread.  That's one of our favorite dinners when just the two of us are home on a cold winter's evening. 

I made onion soup a couple of nights ago and just put it together as I went along.  Above is about two cups of chopped onion, both red and yellow, in one stick of butter.  I let it get very brown, added a tablespoon of brown sugar to help it brown even more and kept stirring to keep it from burning.  As soon as it got pretty brown and there was a layer of brown in the pan, I added a cup of wine to de-glaze the pan.  Any wine will do, but I used a light sweet wine.  It had been a part of a bottle left over when we had opened it for guests.  I had sealed what was left in a plastic container and refrigerated it until needed for cooking.  I was drinking a half glass of the dry white wine that I wouldn't want to have to use for cooking.  ;)

I digress....

After all of that browning and de-glazing I placed it all in a large pot and added two large cans of chicken broth.
I cut up more onions.  In fact, many more than these in the image above.  I used both red and yellow onions again and filled that bowl with them.

I added the fresh onions to the large pot, added a very little sea salt, and my secret ingredient, one table spoon of orange marmalade.  OK, it's not a secret anymore.

I had another sip of the dry white wine while I brought the mixture to a boil.
As soon as it came to a boil, I turned it down to simmer for about an hour. 
Although I had enough soup to prepare at least six huge servings, I prepared only two since only two of us were home.  I cut hunks of home made bread and put them in bowls then covered them with chunks of mozzarella cheese.  That's the kind of cheese I happened to have available when this onion soup idea hit me so that's what I used.  It was a great choice.
I scooped soup into the bowls...
...and placed more cheese on the top.

I baked it in the oven at 350 F for ten minutes...
 ...while I sliced a loaf of my home made bread and put it on the table.

That is a cheese bread closest to the Cheesy Whole Wheat Bread recipe I published earlier.  I didn't happen to have whole wheat flour so used all bread flour.  I generally just go to the kitchen and make bread from what I have available.  I need a trip to the grocery to stock up on ingredients. 

I had a sip of dry white wine while adding a few items to the grocery list.

If you're interested in bread recipes, I have quite a few of them that I have published during the last few years.  Click here.

I digress once again...
 The soup was delicious and, when served with fresh bread and a glass of cold milk, it was the perfect combination on a cold night. 

I had no idea what I would make for dinner that  morning when I got up.  This sure beat a trip to the store to get more ingredients when it was only 10 degrees F outside!

All the best,
Lois

11 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Whoa, that looks really really good. I love onion soup. It is not that good for you but so what.

Jan n Jer said...

This looks so delicious...I love french onion soup!

Birdman said...

Looks de-lish! Dis you set a place for me? hahaha

Birdman said...

btw
On another topic- cruised on the ALLURE of the Seas this past July. We LOVE cruising the Caribbean and RCI.

TexWisGirl said...

gosh, that looks great!

Michelle said...

That looks so delicious!

MarkD60 said...

Onions? not me!

Montanagirl said...

That looks really tasty!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Never made an onion soup but recently have been thinking about it, so your posting was timely, Lois, and looks wonderful. Using what's available is something I have been trying to do as well.

VP said...

I love onions... and everything else!

Martha said...

Looks yummy!!