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Tasty Classic French Onion Soup Recipe with Red Onions

Red onions have quite a strong flavor. They are often used in salad recipes because of their attractive color and unmistakable flavor but you can also make a French onion soup recipe using red onions.

You might find that your soup goes a bit cloudy and this is because of an enzyme found in the red onions. To clarify it you can either pour in the white of an egg, stir it until it sets and then remove it or add a little balsamic vinegar to the soup. A lot of people prefer the cloudiness to the flavor of vinegar so you might like to use the egg or just ignore the cloudy look! It does not affect the soup flavor.

The garlic, bay leaf, and thyme help to make this classic French onion soup extra tasty and the wine adds an elegant touch. The gruyere and parmesan finish off the croutons nicely and whether you want to make something special for your family or a gourmet appetizer for a dinner party, this onion soup recipe is a real winner. So if you really want to make French onion soup but only have red onions, not the yellow kind traditionally used in this recipe, do not worry. This recipe is ideal and you will love the twist on the flavor created by using a different variety of onions. The other ingredients are all typically found in the classic recipe, and those include thyme, beef broth and Gruyère cheese, so this is very similar to traditional French onion soup, just slightly different because of the red onions.

Easy Recipe for Classic French Onion Soup
Summary: French onion soup made with red onions offers a fresh twist on the classic recipe which uses yellow ones. This soup is flavorful and hearty and you will love the taste.
Cuisine: French
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
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  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 red onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 8 slices toasted French bread
  • 4 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 ½ cups grated gruyere
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 chopped chives, to garnish
  1. Melt the butter and oil in a big pan and, when the butter is melted, sauté the onions for about half an hour over a medium heat until they are brown.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth, bay leaf, thyme and wine, partially cover the pan and simmer the French onion soup recipe for half an hour.
  3. Add salt and black pepper, to taste.
  4. Discard the bay leaf and ladle the soup into 4 soup bowls.
  5. Add 2 pieces of toasted bread to each one and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  6. Broil until the cheese is slightly golden brown and bubbly, then sprinkle the chives over the top and serve.

Photo Description:

This classic French onion soup is exuberantly overflowing from the crock. The melting cheese dripping over the top of the bowl only serves to make it look more mouthwatering. To get this effect, be generous with the French onion soup cheese. Do not skimp on this delicious topping. The snipped chives on top of the cheese covered onion soup add color and an interesting taste too. Underneath the delicious looking topping is a combination of red onions, white wine, meaty broth, thyme and lots more. Looking at a photo like this, it is easy to see the obvious appeal in such a delicious recipe.

Other Recipes for Red Onions

Red onions can be used to make one of the nicest French onion soup recipes but how else can you use them? What if you buy a big sack of red onions and only use a few to make an onion soup recipe? Red onions are mild but sweet, making them an ideal accompaniment for fish dishes. This includes using them in salsas for their delicious crunch and cooking them lightly to serve as a side dish. Red onions are frequently used in Mexican cuisine and also in Asian cuisine. Their attractive color, which ranges from red to deep purple, makes them especially good for a garnish.

Using Red Onions for Garnish

Red onion, which is also known as Italian red onion, red torpedo onion, sweet Italian onion and Creole onion, is popular for garnishes because of is attractive color. It can be grilled or roasted and also caramelized, for recipes like French onion soup. Red onions are nice raw or lightly grilled and served with meat sandwiches or cold cooked meat, like turkey, chicken, beef or pork. Cooking red onions takes their color away but lightly sautéing them does not.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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