I started a tradition at work with a soup cook off and for our first year I actually won with my Sausage Corn Chowder . When it was time for the second annual cook off I knew I would have to bring something great if I was going to keep getting that first place trophy. Not to spoil the end of the story but I won second place this year instead of first. Don't get me wrong, my soup was Kick Ass but I was bested by a worthy opponent. I will share both recipes on this post.
I did a little something different with the French Onion Soup this time, I wanted the onions to be a bit caramelized so I cooked them down first and let them get a bit brown to help with the taste of the soup.
The amount I made will make about 10-12 servings and will be a full crock pot of soup. Most of this soup is made outside of the crock pot but for keeping it warm and serving a group its pretty perfect.
I took three large white onions and sliced them, I separated out the rings of the onions so they would cook evenly. I added them to a large pot on med/high heat with 1/2 stick of butter and let them cook about 40-50 minutes. You will start with a pot full of onion and then when they are cooked you will have drastically less and they will have a bit of brown on them. You will want to stir them so they caramelize evenly.
To the crock pot I added five10 Oz cans of broth. I used 3 cans of beef broth and 2 cans of beef consume. You can use all five cans as beef broth but I like the consume because it makes the soup a bit thicker and it really adds to the taste of the soup. You can find consume in the same section with the soup.
Prior to adding the onions to the soup, sprinkle the onions with a little bit of garlic powder and stir. Add the onions and stir these together, once the soup is heated through add half the bag of cheese to the soup and stir. You will want to use this cheese, if not you will need to get a mix of cheeses and
make sure one is a gruyere.
Right before serving the soup add the bag of croutons and cover the top with cheese. Sprinkle with a bit of flat parsley and you are ready to go.
Enjoy, the soup is easy but really very delicious, I would love to hear comments if anyone makes the soup. Please see below for the winner of our soup contest, my co-worker Michele won using a great soup recipe from Skinnytaste.
Ingredients for the French Onion Soup:
3- 10 oz cans of beef broth
2 - 10 oz cans of beef consume
1 - Bag of flavored croutons (I chose garlic)
2 - Bags of Kraft Italian cheese
Flat leaf parsley for sprinkling on top
3 large white onions
1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic flavoring
1/2 stick of butter
1st place Soup winner - Buffalo Chicken and Bean Chili
You can find the entire post here on Skinnytaste and this is a must try. It had heat and flavor and the correct serving is definitely something to enjoy.
Congratulations Michele and I look forward to next year!