Recipe by Aenor
"This is an awesome autumn twist on the traditional French Onion soup. Apple cider and brandy make it a cozy dish for those chilly fall afternoons."
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onions, thinly sliced
Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and chopped
1 1/2 cups
shredded Gouda cheese
This soup was yummy overall. However, several things I would change:
1 - The recipe doesn't specify when to add oil, so I added it at the beginning with the butter.
2 - Soup didn't taste salty enough, so added a bit of salt
3 - I would recommend cooking the onions/apples portion for a good 8 hours, and then adding the liquids and cooking for a good four hours. I cooked the liquids for 1 1/2 hours, as outlined in the recipe, and the flavors didn't really get to meld. However, the next day I heated up some leftovers and it was really yummy. So, I think the liquids just need to be cooked longer so the flavors all blend together.
4 - Lastly, I used Vidalia onions in this recipe, but I think next time I'll try red onions. Red onions would compliment the flavor of the apples very well, I think. I also might try using golden delicious apples instead of granny smiths. They added a bit too much tartness to the soup.
Overall, a great unique recipe that I will definitely make again!
I give the original recipe three stars because of the chicken broth. Onion and apple marry well with beef broth, especially if one calls this French Onion Soup, fall twist or not. I made it with beef broth, cut the apple cider to 3/4 cup, and used gala apples so as not to make this too tart. I seasoned the onion/apple mixture with 1 1/2 tsp. of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I also added a tablespoon of flour to the apple and onion mixture 30 minutes before adding the liquids. I think the brandy was nice, but next time I'll use something that doesn't reduce to such a sweet flavor, like a dark and smoky cabernet. I also omitted the sugar from the bread all together, as I felt this would be too sweet and overpowering to the savory flavors of this soup. I also used a mixture of gruyere and gouda. With these small tweaks this is a 4 1/2 star recipe.
This was really good. I didn't use a slow cooker. I cooked the onions (4 large)in a stick of butter over med-high heat for about 10 minutes, then I added the brandy, let it cook down a minute and added 2 tbsp of flour. I let it cook off for a minute then added the stock and cider. It really did need a bit of salt and pepper to flavor it. The cinnamon on the bread was really good. Thanks!
This onion soup is a winner!
It's very good and the cider gives it a nice "autumn" twist. Excellent!
I wouldn't make this again. The apple taste was too strong for me and husband wouldn't even finish his.
Wonderful fall soup!!! I leave out the brandy and use beef broth instead of chicken. It is wonderful.
We thought this was very good, just like our version a little better but this was fun to try! If you are looking for a little different this is it!
I really wanted to love this recipe, but it was just too strange with the apple cider. I liked the consistency of the apples and onions, next time I would elimate or drastically reduce the apple cider. Had a vinegar type taste with it, plain french onion soup would have been better.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Fall French Onion Soup
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 417
** Calories from Fat: 209
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