Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee

September 23, 2014 (Last Updated: December 29, 2020)

This delicious Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee 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 luxurious 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 a favored dish among the peasant population dating back to Ancient Roman times, 1800 the century this delicious concoction would rise and retake notice 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 ramekin.

 

#FrenchOnionSoup #BockBeer #Onion #Soup #GratineeFrench Onion Soup would make a long-awaited appearance in the United States when my cooking idle Julia Childs made it a popular and decadent must have with the American French food connoisseurs. Julia Child’s would first take The United States by storm during the ’60s with her French cooking art. In contrast, 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 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, 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 traditional dish being updated? I sincerely doubt it; Julia even slightly adjusted her own somewhat over the years. I think she would understand my need to change and adapt to this lovely classic dish and make it my own.

 
 

Notes and FAQ’s  on Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee

  • Sometimes cooking with beer, I notice there is an aftertaste. What should I do? If you are sensitive to the aftertaste, I have an excellent tip for you; peel three small potatoes, sliced in half, and place them 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 it 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, and 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, 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 components you do not eat with ingredients you enjoy or omit the offending ingredient. Recipes are merely a guideline, and my method is not etched in stone, so feel free to enjoy your dinner your way.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed for Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee

  • Four and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • One pound of sweet Vidalia onions sliced into thin rings and halved
  • One  pound of yellow onions, sliced into small rings and halved
  • One tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Twelve-ounces of Bock Beer, divided
  • Twentyfour -ounces beef stock divided
  • One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Two sprigs of thyme
  • Two tablespoons flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon  fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • French bread, sliced into rounds, pre-toasted
  • Eight-ounces sliced Swiss
  • Fresh parsley

 

 

 

 

#FrenchOnionSoup #BockBeer #Onion #Soup #Gratinee

Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee

hmccallum
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.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American, French
Servings 4 people
Calories 500 kcal

Equipment

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dutch Oven
  • Ramekins
  • Ladle

Ingredients
  

  • tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound Vidalia onions sliced into thin rings and halved
  • 1 pound yellow onions sliced into thin rings and halved
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces Bock Beer divided
  • 24 ounces beef stock divided
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • French bread sliced into rounds, pre-toasted
  • 8 ounces Swiss cheese sliced
  • ¼ cup parsley to garnish

Instructions
 

  • 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 ½ 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 a very low heat (lowest heat setting possible) for 35-45 minutes
  • Preheat the broiler in 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 the soup until the cheese has melted. You will want to watch closely as it does not take long to melt the cheese.
  • Garnish with parsley before serving.

Notes

Notes and FAQ's  on Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee
  • Sometimes cooking with beer, I notice there is an aftertaste. What should I do? If you are sensitive to the aftertaste, I have an excellent tip for you; peel three small potatoes, sliced in half, and place them 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 it 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, and 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, 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 components you do not eat with ingredients you enjoy or omit the offending ingredient. Recipes are merely a guideline, and my method is not etched in stone, so feel free to enjoy your dinner your way.

Nutrition

Serving: 01Calories: 500kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 22gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 737mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 1204IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 528mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Onion, Soup
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If you enjoyed this soup recipe, here are some others you may like

  • Julia Child’s French Onion  Soup You will not find a French Onion Soup recipe more authentic than this fantastic French Onion Soup recipe that I sat handwriting as I watched the cooking show Julia Child starred in called The French Chef on my computer in black and white.
  • Winter melon soup is a delicately flavored yet warm and comforting dish usually served on cooler days. The winter melon is cooked in a rich-tasting chicken broth until tender.
  • Avgolemono – Greek Lemon and Egg Soup with Orzo is a timeless classic Greek comfort food at it’s finest. Its hearty flavors make it the perfect winter meal combining homemade chicken broth, shredded chicken, orzo, carrots, onions, garlic, and fresh asparagus with a thick creamy, lemony soup base made from adding eggs and lemon juice to thicken the Avgolemono Soup.

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessie
    December 29, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    This was perfect for dinner tonight! It is cold and wet here today! Everyone enjoyed the Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee and asked for me to make it again.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 30, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Thank you, Jessie! Happy holidays to you and your loved names.

  • Reply
    Tara
    December 29, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    You had me at a luxurious seasoned beef stock! What an incredible tasting and comforting soup. I absolutely loved the caramelized onions.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 30, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Tara! Thank you, and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.
      Happy Holidays

  • Reply
    Anjali
    December 29, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    This Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee was so rich and comforting!! My whole family loved it! Bookmarking to make this soup again.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 30, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Anjali, thank you so much! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply
    Alison
    December 29, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    This Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee is a super flavorful and warm and hearty soup for the winter season! I am thinking of making it again for the games this season.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 30, 2020 at 8:50 am

      Alison, Thank you so much for your feedback- Happy Holidays!

  • Reply
    rika
    December 29, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Onion soup is one of my favorite things to enjoy during the cold season. I loved using beer as one of the ingredients to add an extra depth of flavor to this Bock Beer Onion Soup Gratinee!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 30, 2020 at 8:49 am

      Rika, thank you so much for sharing! Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    Sarah's Attic of Treasures
    October 21, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    A slightly different twist on the standard French Onion Soup.
    Shared from The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 29, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! Happy Holidays

  • Reply
    Sarah's Attic of Treasures
    October 21, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Heidy,
    Another favorite and one I don’t make enough.
    I grew up like a lot of people watching Julia Child. Those were really good times. Now there are so many shows out there. It is just not the same.
    Thanks for the history lesson as well.

  • Reply
    Giramuk's Kitchen
    January 8, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I think Beer would make ANYTHING better… and this looks amazing! I’m saving up soup recipes for the (still) colder days to come and this is definitely going to be made! Wish I could just have that right now actually… 🙁 Not sure if I’m happy or upset that you made me hungry… Happy FF! 🙂

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