The Plague has reared its ugly head around here. Or something very similar to it. My family has taken turns getting sick and I think the drawing below sums up how we’ve been feeling this past week…
There’s just one thing that seems to make everyone feel better. Soup. Not just any soup, it’s got be French onion soup. For me though, the problem with French onion soup is that I always walk away wanting something more. I’m not always satisfied with the onions the bread and the cheese. So I added miniature turkey meatballs.
If you can, make your own beef broth – it’ll make all the difference here. If you don’t have time, just make sure to use a good quality low sodium beef broth – some of them can be soooo salty.
- 4 tbs sweet butter
- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 4 large sweet onions, halved and sliced thin
- 4 tbs chopped thyme
- 4 tbs good quality brandy
- 4 cups beef broth
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 6-8 sourdough baguette slices, about 2 inches thick, toasted
- 1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
- 1/2 pound ground turkey thigh meat
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- 4 chives, chopped
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tbs milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Olive oil for sautéing
- In medium bowl combine all ingredients. With small ice cream scoop or a large tablespoon, form into mini meatballs. Sauté with olive oil over medium heat until browned on all sides. Refrigerate until soup is prepared.
- In large dutch oven over medium-low heat add butter, olive oil and onions. Cook onions until they're a deep golden brown color, about 45 minutes to one hour. Don't rush this step - it's the key part of this soup. Add thyme and brandy, cook until reduced, then add beef broth.
- Add meatballs and continue to simmer for 30-35 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
- Ladle soup into individual soup crocks (make sure they'll broiler proof!) and top each one with a baguette slice and Gruyère cheese. Place under broiler until brown and bubbly. Enjoy with a nice bottle of red wine...