French Onion Soup
Hello and welcome to the first post from the Makeshift Kitchen. I hope that this blog can be useful to chefs of dormitories, tiny apartments, or just the general lazy passerby who may be short on cash. I am well acquainted with late nights desiring delicious food with little pocket money and incredibly unsatisfactory equipment. I hope I can offer some tasty food with little need for either of those things.
Today I made French Onion Soup. I don’t quite remember how I found this recipe but it was discovered somewhere in the seas of the net as most of my recipes will be. I’m not a big soup fan but I am in love with onions. As far as french onion soup goes, I’ve seen it in restaurants and on strange cans at the supermarket but I’d never considered making it.
Difficulty: Medium (some patience and some cheese melting required)
Time: 1-1.5 hours
Leftoverability: Unknown (we ate it all)
Price: ~4€ or 6$ (see price tips at bottom**)
Recipe break down: Cook butter, onions and flour. Add broth. Cook more. Melt cheese on bread. Eat.
- 3 large onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tbsp flour
- 3 cups beef broth
- French bread, cut in 1/2 inch slices
- 1/4 cup swiss cheese, grated (Gruyère recommended)
- In a pot over moderate heat, cook the onions and butter for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Stir frequently, sniff more frequently (it smells delicious)!
- Sprinkle on flour and stir for 3 minutes.
- Slowly stir the broth into the onions until it comes to a boil.
- Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Pour on top of cheesy bread*.
- Add salt and pepper to your liking.
*Cheesy Bread! preparation: Two options
ONE: toast bread slices, put bread in bowl, put 1 tbsp cheese on bread, pour soup on cheese.
TWO: toast some bread, put 1 tbsp cheese on top, put combo in oven and broil (or toaster oven for less equipped kitchens), put combo in bowl, pour soup on top. (Blogger preferred)
**Price notes and minimizers:
- Can be cheaper if you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. I typically keep onions, butter, and flour on hand. That’s half the ingredients.
- Use bouillon cubes to keep the price low. Boil the bouillon in a little more than 3 cups of water while you’re cooking the onions for a few minutes.
- Use white bread and cut into fours. Maybe it’s not as delicious as french bread, but hey it’s cheaper.