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Melted onions, beef broth, herbs, homemade croutons, and melted gruyere cheese combine for the most beautiful tasting onion soup!
Onion Soup Recipe
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Hey there! Just a quick note: if you’re only here for the recipe, then I understand. Go ahead and skip my awesome story of being pantsed on the playground and you will find the recipe and all tips at the bottom of this post. Happy cooking!
Ogres are like Onions
One of my favorite parts of the movie Shrek is this conversation between he and donkey:
Shrek: For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.
Shrek: Example? Okay, er… ogres… are… like onions.
Donkey: [sniffs onion] They stink?
Donkey: Or they make you cry.
Donkey: Oh, you leave them out in the sun and they turn brown and start sproutin’ little white hairs.
Shrek: NO! LAYERS! Onions have layers. OGRES have layers. Onions have layers… you get it. We both have layers.
Donkey: Oh, you both have layers. [pause] You know, not everybody likes onions. [pause] CAKES! Everybody loves cakes! Cakes have layers!
Shrek: I don’t care… what everyone likes. Ogres. Are not. Like cakes!
Donkey: You know what else everybody likes? Parfaits. Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “Heck no, I don’t like no parfait”? Parfaits are delicious.
Shrek: NOOO!!! YOU DENSE, IRRITATING, MINIATURE BEAST OF BURDEN! Ogres are like onions! End of story! Bye bye! See you later!
Donkey: Parfaits may probably be the most delicious thing on the whole dang planet!
Hahaha! oh man, that’s just the best. PS- In case you’re looking for a good parfait recipe: I don’t have one yet! But try this layered Napoleon! It’s delicious!
My sister the Onion
I have a sister that is awesome! Well actually I have lots of sisters that are awesome. However the one I’m telling you about today is my older sister Rachael…
Rachael is like Shrek: except she is super beautiful, not an ogre, very smart, exceptionally hygenic, never burps or farts in front of people and could never be considered and ogre in any way, shape, or form.
She’s like an onion. She has layers! And her core layers; they are super true and faithul and fierce!
Growing up I hated onions and I hated Rachael. We were just close enough in age that everyhting was a competition. And I was just sucky enough at basically everything, that she always won. Haha! Don’t worry, she hated me back!
It was like a constant war between us. One time when she was going to the bathroom I went and picked the lock and then through the door wide open. Then later that night when I was taking a shower she opened the door and threw ice cold water all over me. So a couple days later after she stopped watching her back, I “tripped” and dumped juice all over her at the dinner table.
Seriously, it was war. For like 18 years! She even got married on the same day as preference so I couldn’t go to the dance with the boy I liked. Hahaha! No, just kidding, that was just coincidence.
I’m telling you this about Rachael so you can better appreciate the upcoming story…
Bare bottom black and blue!
Once upon a time I was scared of heights. (FYI- SOOOOO not the case anymore!). I was in first grade and had spent days working up the courage to go on the “big slide”.
When I got to the top of the slide my nerves kicked in and I just stood there terrified. Well then the worst thing that could ever happen: happened.
Dear reader, I know what you are thinking, and you are wrong. No, no I did fall off the slide, that would’ve been better).
Doesn’t that name just shout trouble?! If you’re from my generation then you are saying “Kevin!” in the voice from that old movie Home Alone. Hahaha!
Well this Kevin was dumb not clever. He PANTSED me! Right there on top of the big slide for the whole playground to see!!!
I blame all my “loser” years on Kevin.
One cool thing that came from my blue moon moment though? My big sister gave Kevin a bloody lip and a black eye! Poor Kid.
*Please note: I’m not condoning voilence in any way!!! I just think it was cool that my enemy (of the moment) totally had my back. Ain’t nobody gonna pick on me but her!
Friendsies not Frenemies
In case you’re wondering, Rach and I are totally great friends now!
Also, that other thing you’re wondering about: this cute sweatshirt and jeans came from Robbie and Co and they are extremely comfortable! (Plus obviously way cute!)
And that last question I know you have: I don’t know. I can’t even remember his last name. My guess though? Kevin’s in jail.
Tips for the Onion Soup
- Make your melted onions ahead of time. This Onion Soup recipe uses melted onions which you can find the recipe for right here. These onions can be made up to a week ahead of time and stored in the fridge. You should know- they do take about 8 hours to cook, but it’s in the crockpot so your work is minimal.
- Put the croutons in after you broil the cheese! Traditionally onion soup has the bread under the cheese, and while that tastes great and is what I did on the day I shot these pictures: I recently found that when I topped the soup with the homemade croutons AFTER the cheese had been melted, it tasted even more divine!
Recipe for best ever Onion Soup:
- 2 cups melted onions
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 6 cups beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 spriggs fresh Thyme
- 4-6 slices Gruyere (or similar) cheese
- 4 slices french bread cut into one inch cubes
- 1-2 TBS melted Butter
- Salt ad Pepper
- Heat onions in soup pan over medium heat.
- Add the flour and let the two cook together for about 3 minutes until they've become thick together.
- Pour in the beef broth and add the bay leaf and thyme.
- Bring to a simmer and let everything simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until the liquids have reduced about 1/4 of it out.
- Pour broth into bowls.
- Brush bread with melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
- Place bread under the high broiler in the oven.
- when a nice golden brown, flip it and broil the other side too.
- After placing broth in bowls, top with croutons (or follow my tips and save those for the end).
- Cover the top of bowl with cheese and return to the over and high broiler.
- Leave under broiler 2-3 minutes until the cheese starts to bubble and turn lightly golden.