Double Delectable TroublePublished on February 11, 2016

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  • Photo by: Mark Holleron


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

Take two old family favourites from good to great by combining them. French onion soup and grilled cheese together make one decadently delicious meal.

FRENCH ONION SOUP WITH GRILLED
CHEESE & BACON CROUTONS

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25minutes
Broil time: 1-2 minutes

3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
4 medium cooking onions
1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme
1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
3 tbsp (45 mL) flour
Salt & pepper, to taste
6 cups (1.5 L) beef broth

4 slices sandwich bread
2/3 cup (160 mL) shredded cheese     (Jarlsberg, Swiss or Emmental)
4 slices cooked bacon

1 cup (250 mL) shredded cheese
(Swiss, Jarlsberg or Emmental)

METHOD:
In large saucepan, over medium-high heat, melt butter; sauté onions and thyme for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cover; cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add maple syrup and stir; season with salt & pepper.
Stir in flour absorbing the butter and liquid. Whisk in broth, increase heat to high, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.

Meanwhile, place 1/3 cup (80 mL) shredded cheese on slice of bread, top with 2 pieces bacon and a slice of bread; repeat.
In sauté pan, cook sandwiches over medium heat until golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted; approximately 3 minutes per side.
Slice each grilled cheese into 8 squares; set aside until ready to assemble.

ASSEMBLE:
Preheat broiler to high.

Place oven-proof bowls on baking tray; ladle boiling hot soup into bowls, top each bowl with 4 grilled cheese squares then 1/4 cup (50 mL) shredded cheese; place tray on middle shelf of oven and broil 1 minute or until cheese is melted and bubbling.
Carefully place bowls onto napkin-lined plates and serve with soupspoon!

Korey’s Tips
Add crumbled blue cheese & bacon before broiling.


Korey Kealey

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