One of my favourite starters is classic french onion soup and as a result here is my favourite recipe:
4 Tablespoons butter
2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
3 cups whipping cream
salt and white pepper
French bread, 2 ounces Stilton cheese,
2 ounces Cheddar cheese, and butter.
Toast 6 thick slices of French bread in a 300 degree oven until crisp. Blend the Stilton with a couple Tablespoons of butter, then spread on the toast.
When ready to serve the soup, pop one of these on top of each serving bowl and sprinkle with lots of cheddar cheese.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add onions, cover, and cook until translucent–stirring occasionally–for about 30 minutes.
Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer to thicken slightly–about 15 minutes.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls, top with Stilton Toast, and run under the broiler until the cheese is melted and brown.
TIP: I love to add cream to this recipe, but you don t have to if you don t want.
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