Onion And Cider Soup Served With Cheese Toasties

According to Liam, to achieve both the colour and sweetness required from the onions for this onion and cider soup, they must be cooked slowly over a low heat until all the water from the onions has evaporated. The sugars have to be released to achieve beautifully caramelised onions.

Onion And Cider Soup
Onion And Cider Soup
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Onion And Cider Soup

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Onion And Cider Soup

You need to let the onions cook for a long time to achieve the perfect sweetness
Recipe Category: Soup
Servings: 4 people
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Tapas page 185

Ingredients

  • 40 g butter
  • 450 g onions, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 330 mls cider *
  • 10 mls fructose, if your cider is dry
  • 650 mls chicken stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

to make it a creamy soup

  • 70 mls cream

to serve

  • 100 g local hard cheese (I used Boland)
  • 1 slice of bread per person

Method

  • Place a heavy based saucepan over a medium temperature
  • Add the butter and leave to melt before adding the onions
  • Lower the temperature and cook until the onions are soft and a lovely golden brown colour
  • Add the thyme and give the onions a stir before pouring the cider into the saucepan
  • Add the fructose if using a dry cider
  • Leave to simmer until the cider has nearly completely evaporated
  • Add the stock and leave to simmer for 40 minutes
  • Season to taste and at this stage, if you want a creamy soup add the cream and cook for another 5 minutes
  • Adjust the seasoning and discard the thyme stalks before serving

to serve

  • Preheat the grill and lightly toast your bread
  • Divide the cheese between the bread and place under the grill to melt
  • Serve the soup in warm bowls with the cheese toasties on the side

Notes

* I used a dry cider as that is what I had at home. The recipe calls for a sweet cider.
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8 thoughts on “Onion And Cider Soup Served With Cheese Toasties

  1. mmm I like the sound of your soup, I will try to make it. I have become a mouth breather too!

  2. I use a KN 95 mask, one because I am now high risk due to the high blood pressure and two because they don’t cling to your face and your nose and mouth have a bit of space. Thanks for this great recipe.

  3. Like Baked French Onion made with cider–genius! I am having trouble with my glasses fogging too, especially since the weather’s been getting colder. Will have to try your fix.

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