Wednesday, October 22, 2014

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup - gluten free

A little over a week ago I got the idea in my head that I wanted to try to make French Onion Soup. You wouldn't think that having celiac disease, and having to eat gluten free, would limit the world of soup for you, but it certainly does! Wheat flour is a cheap thickener and it's in almost EVERY SOUP! (There are a couple of good canned soups out there, but then you get into the whole BPA lining thing... and I just don't want to go there in this post) Lucky for me, the Lettuce Restaurants (Mon Ami Gabi and Wildfire) both have French Onion Soup on their gluten free menus, so I knew that a good GF French Onion Soup was possible, so I took my crazy idea and ran with it!

I started where all good cooks start - google.

Google returned this recipe by Tyler Florence and it looked pretty easy so I decided to jump on it! But then, I had to see if I could make it in my crock pot... and I found this post from How Sweet It Is, that also referenced the recipe from Tyler Florence... so I figured I would go the traditional route first... with some modifications. :)

French Onion Soup - gluten free

Modifications for Tyler Florence's French Onion Soup Recipe:
  1.  It takes like an hour to caramelize onions, not 25 minutes. So just keep cooking until they are all brown and caramelized!
  2.  I couldn't find fresh thyme, so I used a sprinkle (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) of dried
  3.  You're drunk if you think 1 cup = 1/2 a bottle of red wine. 1/2 a bottle is closer to 1 1/2 cups... so just keep poring :). Also, the onions won't get dry for real, the wine just reduces.
  4.  It's a gluten free version, so I used Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour
  5.  I didn't spend an hour caramelizing onions to make 32 oz of soup... DOUBLE! Also, I've never found gluten free broth, so I always use Kitchen Basics Stock in all of my recipes that call for broth. I added 2 boxes (64 oz) and it was MAGICAL!
  6.  10 minutes of heating... more like 25. Basically this recipe is from another dimension with a different time scale.
  7.  And last - I used Against the Grain baguette. Ohmigoodness! It is sooooo good! I suggest that you cut it and toast it as much as possible before floating it in the soup and covering the soup with SO MUCH GRUYERE!

I also served my favorite Apple and Endive Salad.

French Onion Soup - gluten freeFrench Onion Soup - gluten free
French Onion Soup - gluten freeFrench Onion Soup - gluten free
French Onion Soup - gluten free
French Onion Soup - gluten freeFrench Onion Soup - gluten free

So... how was it, you ask? It was literally the best French Onion Soup I have ever had! Other than being a slightly time consuming recipe (and really it's JUST the onions that take forever and those could be done ahead of time), it was REALLY EASY. I think this is one I will be making multiple times over this coming fall/winter!

French Onion Soup - gluten free

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