VEGETARIAN FRENCH ONION SOUP
A vegetarian version of the classic French onion soup with veggie stock instead of bones broth. It will delight your palate!
Bread, French, Onion, Soup, Vegetarian
(approx 3 big onions)
High quality unsalted butter
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar or Marsala wine
Brown sugar (if using balsamic vinegar)
Homemade vegetable stock
a few leaves
Sage or thyme
(optional, but recommended )
(read post for more information )
Homemade (or not) baguette
(I've used homemade sourdough baguettes)
First, remove skin from onions, cut bottom and top, then cut in half.
Slice them "against" the rings
(watch this video)
In a pot, let butter and oil melt (pay attention not to burn them).
Add onion slices and give a stir. Keep at medium heat.
IMPORTANT: in order to make them caramelize, you
to keep stirring! You just have to let them brown on the bottom then stir, let brown and stir and so on.
Caramelization takes about 25 minutes. Adjust heat if necessary.
If they seem burnt, reduce heat.
Deglaze (read post to see what this means) using balsamic vinegar (for alcoholic substitution, please read the post).
Add vegetable stock to the pan, also add sage leaves, bay leaf, salt and pepper and lower the heat at minimum.
Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
Turn on the broiler at 250° C (480° F).
Pour the soup into two cocottes, add one/two slices of baguette and two slices of cheese (or grated) on top.
Bake until cheese is bubbly and slightly golden brown.
If you don't have cocottes:
place baguette and cheese on a baking tray, and let melt using broiler. Then put the bread slices on top of your soup.
P.S. YES, you can enjoy your French onion soup without cheese:)
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