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Swiss Onion Soup…move over Frenchy!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


This soup has been haunting me for just over 25 years. I first had it when I was working night shifts at a large hospital in the Midwest. How often can you say you look forward to hospital food? It has taken me a few years but I have finally duplicated it! Its nutty, sweet, tangy and just a bit of heat at the finish. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!

This soup starts like a French onion soup, lots of onions. Cut the onion in half for root end to top. Cut off the top and peel. Now cut it in half again and thinly slice. Repeat with the other half. (save those onion skins for stock!)

In a Dutch oven add olive oil and butter. When it’s melted turn down heat to low and add the onions. Stir to coat them all with oil and butter. They need to cook and start to caramelize, this is a slow process. It will take about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

Gather your ingredients as the next part moves pretty fast.

Now add the flour and stir, allow this to cook on low for a couple minutes.

Once the flour has cooked we will begin whisking in the 4 Tbsp. Sherry, (this is optional) now whisk in the chicken stock (vegetable stock can be substituted). The mixture will be thick, just keep whisking in the stock.

Now whisk in the milk or cream and season with salt and pepper.

Add the shredded Swiss cheese and stir until melted.

Stir in the Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper (optional)
Allow to simmer a few minutes, taste and re season as need.

 

Swiss Onion Soup…move over Frenchy!

Swiss Onion Soup…move over Frenchy!

Ingredients

  • 3 large onions, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 Tbsp. sherry
  • 3 cups chicken stock (vegetable stock can be substituted)
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • Salt and white pepper (black pepper is fine)
  • 2 ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of Cayenne (optional)

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice onions
  2. In a Dutch oven or soup pot melt butter and oil together.
  3. Add onions and allow onions to sweat and caramelize on low heat for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over onions and stir, allow it to cook 2-3 minutes to cook flour.
  5. Whisk in sherry.
  6. Whisk in chicken stock and milk.
  7. Stir in mustard and seasonings.
  8. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  9. Allow to simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve.

 

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

When I saw the California blend of veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) sitting In the refrigerator, I knew it had to become a beautiful soup. I kept remembering a soup from my childhood called Normandy blend soup. I remember it having big chunks of the California blend of veggies, and a velvety cheesy base. I searched for a recipe but never found one, so I decided to give it a try without one.

I chopped up the veggies in nice bite size pieces, and finely chopped an onion and celery, they are necessary for flavor but not the stars of the show.

I decided to blanch the California blend prior to putting it in the soup. I wanted the veggies to still have some texture but not crunch and to keep them vibrant. To blanch them bring a pot of salted water (it should taste like ocean water, this is your chance to bring out the flavor of the veggies) to a boil. Start with the carrots, let them simmer for 6-8 minutes. Using a strainer place the carrots into an ice water bath to stop the cooking. Remove the carrots from water and place back in their bowl. Repeat with cauliflower blanch 4-5 minutes and the broccoli only 3-5 minutes.

Sauté onions and celery in the butter and oil til translucent 4-5 minutes.
Add about 1/4 cup of flour and stir, making sure all the oil has been absorbed, now allow this to cook a couple minutes. If you don’t the soup will taste of raw flour.

Now use a wire whisk and whisk the soup base while slowly adding the chicken stock. It will be very nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Whisk in a cup of milk or half and half.

Allow this to come to a simmer. Stir in the shredded cheddar and stir until melted. Now carefully add the California blend of veggies. Allow to simmer 8-10 minutes, making sure the veggies are still al dente. At this point I also added 2 TBSP Dijon mustard to really finish the flavor and texture, as well as a Tbsp. Of Emerils essence seasoning to kick it up! (I use the salt free.) season with salt and pepper to taste.

Served with a couple warmed pretzel slider buns. Delicious.

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 pound of carrots scrubbed and cit into bite size coins
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 2 1/2 cups medium cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Emerils essence (salt free)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep veggies
  2. Bring large pot of water to a boil, add salt. Water should be salty like the ocean. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  3. Add carrots to boiling water, let simmer 8-10 minutes. Remove to ice bath with a spider or strainer. Allow to cool, using spider it strainer remove to bowl. Repeat with cauliflower, blanch 5-6 minutes followed by broccoli, blanch 3-5 minutes.
  4. In a soup pot or Dutch oven melt oil and butter. Add celery and onion and cook until translucent 4-5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle flour over celery and onion and stir making sure all oil is absorbed. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Now whisk in chicken stock followed by milk.
  7. Add the cheese and stir while it melts. Carefully add in the California blend and stir. Add in mustard and Emerils essence.
  8. Bring to a simmer, allow to simmer 8-10 minutes.
  9. Season to taste, serve.

 

No Soup For You!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! (more…)

Cream of _______ Soup Blueprint

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

It’s Friday night. You’re exhausted. You’ve made your contribution for a Bountiful Basket this week, but there is still a week-old (or two-week old, let’s be honest) head of broccoli (or bunch of asparagus, sack of potatoes, head of cauliflower, etc.) in the fridge staring you down, begging to be used. (more…)

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


What to do with leftover chicken or turkey….I finally found one every one in my house will eat! (more…)

Chicken Stew with Salsa Verde

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

As we’re coming out of the produce wasteland that’s been happening during Bountiful Basket’s annual break, I had to take stock of what was actually in my refrigerator and come up with something for dinner. I managed to find some tomatillos (from the Mexican pack that was offered the last distribution before Christmas), and a lonely jalapeno. (more…)

Turkey Veggie Noodle Soup

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

“Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and the strictest attention.”—Auguste Escoffier

What to do with the leftover turkey from the holidays?  What to do with the leftover veggies in the fridge? Soup! This is my go-to recipe whenever anyone is sick in my family. Soup fills you with warmth and good vitamins. I hope you will enjoy this simple, but enjoyable soup recipe.
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One Pot Hobo Stew

Monday, December 9th, 2013

We have many Sunday evenings where we need a quick and easy meal. This is often when I create most my family recipes. One Sunday we were busy, I was sick, and just wanted to have a warm easy soup. I had plans to make Beef Stroganoff but did not feel up to it. So I combined a beef stew with a hobo stew and created something we all devoured. I was able to rest and not feel rushed as I made this wonderful dinner.
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Zuppa Bountifulla

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

 

This recipe was modeled after Zuppa Toscana, from Olive Garden. I wanted to lower the fat and salt content of this recipe, make it lactose free, and use more nutritious ingredients. Changing the original potatoes to white yams, gives this soup a completely different flavor than the original. I also add additional veggies, more garlic, more spice, less water, and use low sodium broth.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup Freezer packs

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Its officially Soup Season!  Its my favorite go to lunch, a steaming bowl of soup and a sandwich really hits the spot on cold days.  I really love when I can go out to the deep freeze and grab a soup pack and have lunch or dinner on the table in an hour, or in the crockpot in minutes.  Several readers were curious how I make freezer packs from recipes, here is how I break it down.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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