This delicious Onion Soup is the perfect comfort food for the first week of Fall and Game Season made with a dark amber-colored Bock Beer, Caramelized onions, a rich seasoned beef stock, herbs, crusty bread, topped with Swiss cheese and fresh parsley it’s one definite must have as a starter for your Fall dinner or even lunch menu this year.
French onion soup has been said to be favored dish among the peasant population dating back to Ancient Roman times, in 1800 the century this delicious concoction would rise up and take notice again during the 1800’s when the French updated it combining beef broth, caramelized onions with croutons and Gruyère melted on top. It is often finished by being placed under a grill or broiler in a glass ramekins.
French onion Soup would make a long-awaited appearance in the United States when my cooking idle Julia Childs made it a popular and definitely decadent must have with the American French food connoisseurs. Julia Child’s would first take The United States by storm during the 60’s with her art of French cooking while on her most notable show “The French Chef”, The French Chef was a television cooking show created and hosted by Julia Child, and produced and broadcast by WGBH, the public television station in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 11, 1963 to 1973.
Now most people would say, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” So why mess with a French Culinary Classic you wonder? While there is no denying that the Classic Version is an all time favorite of mine, sometimes different is good. I love the rich robust flavor the Bock Beer brings to this delicious classic soup, it’s a flavor all on its own and brings a new dimension to the beloved soup. Would Julia be upset over this classic dish being updated? I sincerely doubt it, Julia actually even slightly adjusted her own slightly over the years. I think she would understand my need to change and adapt this lovely classic dish and make it my own.
Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee
- 4 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 pound of sweet Vidalia onions sliced into thin rings and halved
- 1 pound of yellow onions, sliced into thin rings and halved
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 12 ounces of Bock Beer, divided
- 24 ounces beef stock divided
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- ½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- French bread, sliced in rounds, pre-toasted
- 8 ounces sliced Swiss
- Fresh parsley
- In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat melt the butter. Add the onions, brown sugar, and salt, allow to cook on low and sweat, stirring only after 20 minutes and caramelization begins, cook until onions are a caramelized or a dark golden brown, at least 35 minutes (the longer onions cook the more heightened the flavor will become)
- Add 1/2 of the Bock Beer, simmer until the beer has reduced and the pan is almost dry. sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of flour and cook slowly, stirring, for another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool a moment, then whisk in 2 cups of hot stock and Worcestershire sauce.
- Add the remaining beer, beef stock, sprigs of thyme and fresh black pepper. Cook on very low heat (lowest heat setting possible) for 35-45 minutes
- Preheat broiler on your oven.
- Carefully Ladle the Bock Beer Onion soup into ramekins or high heat, oven safe glass dishes, top with slices of French bread toast and cheese.
- Broil until the cheese has melted, you will want to watch closely as it does not take long to melt cheese.
- Garnish with parsley before serving.
Notes and FAQ’s
Sometimes cooking with beer I notice there is an after taste, what should I do? If you are sensitive to the aftertaste I have a great tip for you, simply peel 3 small potatoes, slice in half and place in the soup as it is cooking. Remove when the soup is done. Just like when you have added too much salt, potatoes will absorb some of the taste.
I don’t like Bock Beer, what should I do? There are two clear choices on this matter, either add a beer you enjoy–or omit the beer completely by adding more low sodium beef stock or water in place of beer
I do not condone alcoholic beverages, and I would never add them to my food, what should I do? This one’s simple, omit it and replace with low sodium broth or water in place of the beer.
I have children, is this safe to serve my little ones for dinner? I am not qualified to tell you how to raise your children, I never received “The Parent of the Year Award” so this one’s on you Mom and Dad, I can tell you that alcohol burns when foods are cooked and it mostly becomes a flavoring verse a meal that’s going to inebriate you or your child. If desired, simply add more low-sodium broth or water in place of the beer.
I don’t eat some of the ingredients you have listed, what should I do? Replace the ingredients you do not eat with ingredients you enjoy, or simply omit offending ingredient. Recipes are merely a guideline, my recipe is not etched in stone so feel free to enjoy your dinner your way.
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