I love getting Bountiful Baskets because it's always a surprise--you never know what kinds of fruits and vegetables you will be surprised with, only that you'll get a lot of them.
This has led to some interesting cooking experiments, some more successful than others (cauliflower soup=success; fried eggplant=not a success). I really enjoy a reason to search out recipes and find new ideas for dinner that I probably wouldn't seek out on my own.
A few weeks ago, we received a plethora of onions in our Bountiful Basket. Onions are very handy, but we certainly didn't know what to do with 6 yellow onions.
So I decided that I would try to make French onion soup.
What an adventure!
I started out by skilleting/caramelizing a BUNCH of onions (and let me tell you, the cutting up of these onions was a tragedy for my eyes--the tears ran down my cheeks)
Then I added all of the other stuff--beef broth, white vinegar, thyme, bay leaf (and realized that I needed an actual pot...)
While that simmered, I put a baguette in the oven and grated some Swiss cheese. I wanted to add some Parmesan, but forgot to pick up the "real" kind so we used the "fake" powder kind :-)
Then I packed the cheese onto the sliced baguette pieces (talk about a workout to slice a baguette!)
Yummy toasted cheesy baguette!
Then we dished up and put the toasted bread on top
Our conclusion: that toasted, cheesy French bread sure tastes good dipped in the onion-flavored broth!
And while I like onions, I don't think I like onions THIS much.
I never would have attempted French onions soup without the Bountiful Basket, and it was an awesome adventure! But I don't think I'll be making this soup again any time soon.
However, I will definitely be toasting cheese on baguettes very frequently :-)