It has been a cold blustery week here and I enjoy making soup when the weather is like this. I just love having a pot of warm comfort simmering all day on the stove or in the crock pot! It warms my soul just thinking about it! Oh and if Jerry bakes some of his delicious fresh crusty bread it’s hard to beat! I can imagine sitting by the fire with a heavy earthen bowl of soup, dipping bread into the rich broth, savoring each bite, while reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain!
Ok back to reality!!! I live in Florida, I don’t have a fireplace! It has been cold but today it should be in the 70’s and the sun has just come out. Should be a beautiful day! No doubt I won’t be sitting in the house. However, I do enjoy making soup. I like all kinds of soup but one of my favorites is French Onion Soup. Here is a quick and easy recipe for some really delicious French Onion Soup.
1 lb large onions sliced nice and thin, cook in a large heavy cast iron pan in ¼ cup of butter until translucent, then take 2 pints of beef stock bring it to a boil and pour it carefully over the onions. Next add 2 twigs of fennel or ¼ tsp of fennel seed, a couple cloves, salt and pepper to taste. Bring it all to a gentle simmer. Then in a long handled spoon, hold a teaspoon of sugar, very carefully, over heat until it caramelizes, stir this into the soup. Continue to simmer for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile place a slice of toasted french bread in each oven safe bowl, top with some grated cheese(gruyere, provolone, or mozzarella) Add a dash of brandy to the soup, ladle it into your bowls over the toast, add more cheese on top and stick bowls under the broiler for 1 or 2 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned. Enjoy! This soup has turned even my most finicky friends into onion soup lovers!
And if you haven’t read Kitchen Confidential, you must! Anthony Bourdain has a wonderful writing style. He almost makes you feel like you are sitting down with the bad boy of cooking and having a chat! Check it out and let me know what you think.