French Onion Soup with Lamb Broth and Blue Cheese
This onion soup is a definite talking point. The subtle flavors of garlic, rosemary, and thyme are countered with the rich tasting Madeira wine and blue cheese. If you like your French onion soup cheese to make a statement, you will find that the mouthwateringly creamy blue cheese is the perfect addition to this richly flavored French onion soup.
Lamb has an unmistakable flavor and rosemary and garlic are used in a lot of roast lamb recipes, which is why they are so great in this lamb broth French onion soup recipe. Lamb is rich and satisfying but in a very different way than beef. A lot of people consider lamb one of their favorite meats, so it is great to make French onion soup with, because French onion soup is as dearly loved as lamb is.
If you like to experiment with food, you will find that the following French onion soup recipe is really creative and combines foods, which you might not have considered putting together before. This French onion soup recipe is great for supper, rather than an appetizer, because it is rich, meaty, and very filling. French comfort food begs to be talked about and it is hard to stop talking about this once you have tasted it and discovered its appeal. A mouthful of French onion soup is the only reason you would stop talking about this recipe because you will be too busy savoring the flavor to say a word.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
- 6 onions, thinly sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 cups lamb broth
- ½ cup Madeira wine or medium dry sherry
- 2 ½ cups crumbled blue cheese
- 4 thick slices toasted, crusty bread
- Heat a pot over a medium heat and add the oil and butter.
- Add the onions, and then season with the rosemary, half the thyme and some salt and pepper.
- Cook the onions for about 20 minutes, stirring them often, or until they are golden brown and tender.
- Add the Madeira wine or medium dry sherry to the pot, scraping at the stuck on bits on the bottom with a wooden spoon.
- Add the bay leaf, garlic powder and the lamb broth.
- Cover the pan and bring the French onion soup to a boil.
- Arrange 4 deep soup bowls on a cookie sheet and preheat the broiler to high.
- When the soup reaches the boil, ladle it into the bowls and float the bread on top.
- Cover each piece of bread with some blue cheese and sprinkle the rest of the thyme over the top.
- Broil until the cheese melts.
This delightful recipe is well worth making and if you like to try new onion soup recipes this might become a favorite in next to no time. Featuring lamb broth and sherry as well as a variety of herbs and seasonings give this soup so much flavor. Although beef broth is traditional, lamb broth offers a fresh spin on the classic recipe and if you enjoy the taste of lamb, the odds are high that you will really like this. Served with a cheese crouton on top, this is one soup recipe your family will beg you to make again.
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