Monday, December 13, 2010

Onion Soup - Easy Style

I think Onion Soup is one of those things you despise as a child and love as an adult. For me it was definitely an acquired taste. I used to stick my nose up when my mom made it growing up (thankfully it was usually for her and my dad and she didn't make us eat it). Now that I am an adult and my taste buds are finally right with the culinary world, I enjoy onion soup. I asked her for her recipe and she told me she made it in the microwave. I didn't believe her because that sounded too easy for such a sophisticated soup. But she told me how she did it and I wrote down every word. I have several scrap papers with recipes written down in my own shorthand that would make no sense to anyone. So now I am finally writing out the recipe so I don't have to struggle to decipher my own shorthand anymore. And although there are a few steps involved, it is really pretty easy.

Onion Soup, Easy Style

Ingredients:
3 onions
2 tbsp butter
32 oz. beef broth
crusty bread
drizzle of olive oil
garlic salt
4 - 6 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Directions:
Get your onion goggles on. For real. I was balling my eyes out cutting up these onions. Just ask Travis. He was crying too.
Peel and then slice your onions pretty fine. Place in a microwave safe bowl.
Add a couple pads of butter and cook in microwave on high for 5 minutes, uncovered. Stir and then cook on high for another 4 minutes or until onions are very soft. You can remove the onion goggles now, it is probably safe.
Add the beef broth and cover dish. Cook for 8 more minutes on high in microwave.
Get your cheesy toast ready now. This is the best part of onion soup, right? I like to use a crusty bread that holds up well to the liquid in the soup.
Cut bread into small rounds and top with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of garlic salt and plenty of freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese. I used both.
Toast in toaster oven until the edges are browned and the cheese is melted and bubbling.
I think I could go for this sans the soup but I have cute soup crocks to show you so let's continue.
Carefully remove the soup from the microwave and divide into your soup bowls (make sure they are microwave safe). Top with your cheesy toast and put BACK into the microwave for one more round for 8 minutes. Then they are ready to eat. But watch out, this soup is piping hot! I suggest letting it sit for about 5 minutes or so before you dive in.
And there you have it. Onion Soup, Easy Style. Thanks, Mom.
Photography credit Travis Sharkey. He told me to tell you to get a pair of onion goggles. They make great stocking stuffers.

2 comments:

  1. Yummm! Not sure my 1.5 year olds will love it, but I think Mom and Dad will. Thanks for the recipie, I never thought of doing it in the microwave before. Sounds like you must have had a yummy childhood. :)

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  2. Never thought you could pull off a tasty onion soup in the microwave. I'll have to try this one.

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