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Nov 27, 2017 - 6:11:17 AM
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Made up a batch of this last night. Damn, but it's good. The restaurant where I used to work billed it as Garlic Soup, but I think calling it Five Onion Soup is more accurate. It's almost shockingly easy to make and superbly flavorful.

1 large Vidalia or sweet onion, peeled
1 large white onion, peeled
1 large red onion, peeled
2 leeks, cleaned
1 head of garlic, skinned, nibs removed
2 jumbo russet potatoes, peeled (or if the potatoes are smaller, a few more)
3 rashers thick-cut bacon (if you have a ham bone lying around, use that instead - it's even better)
3 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh marjoram (or a good sprinkle of dried)
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper

Toss the bacon (raw and whole) into a dutch oven. Coarsely chop all the vegetation and add to the the pot. Add the herbs. Add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, covered, for about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the bay leaves and stems from the marjoram. Blend smooth (I use an immersion blender - the bacon will simply disappear into it as long as it doesn't have a tough rind). Add the cream and adjust seasonings with salt/pepper to taste. Serve. If you want to make it pretty, a garnish of minced Italian parsley or chives to add a bit of green is nice.

Some good crusty bread, a green salad and maybe a bit of sharp cheddar cheese on the side is all you need for a lovely, simple meal. This soup is even better after a day or two, so I'll be dining on this for a few nights yet.

Edited by - eagleisland on 11/27/2017 06:14:46

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:19:05 AM
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Sounds great. But onion soup makes me fart something powerful. Brings tears right to your eyes. Can't even stand to be in the house with myself when I eat it! 

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Nov 27, 2017 - 6:53:06 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by championofnorthhuron

Sounds great. But onion soup makes me fart something powerful. Brings tears right to your eyes. Can't even stand to be in the house with myself when I eat it! 

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Nov 27, 2017 - 7:10:34 AM

rinemb Players Union Member

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Get a bottle of "Beano". Unless you live alone, are want to have an evening of fart duets. ;-) Brad

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:19:37 AM

rinemb Players Union Member

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BTW, Skip, looks that soup looks great, and different than anything I have done. Heck, you might as well throw a shallot in there too, may be overwhelmed but then you about have it all, eh.

I took home the turkey carcass and bones. And made turkey and rice soup. Since it was a lapsang souchong tea flavored turkey, the soup had a bit of a smoky taste to it. We will get several meals out of it, yea!

Brad

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:31:48 AM

rinemb Players Union Member

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Hey, Skip...Do you brown the bacon and drain, first? Brad

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:25:45 AM

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Hey, Skip...Do you brown the bacon and drain, first? Brad


Nope. Goes in uncooked. The pork fat just suffuses the whole final mix and it just dissolves when the immersion blender hits it. Though some crumbled bacon bits atop the finished soup WOULD be a very nice bit of additional garnish.

BTW - if you ARE fortunate enough to do this with a ham bone instead of bacon, remove that before pureeing. I have found they don't grind up too well. wink

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:32:09 AM

Brian T

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Thanks for that one, is written down.
For me, it's a "city soup." No bins of single onions (except purple) in our store. Bags only.

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