One of the simplest recipes in the world is also one of my favorites. It’s easy to make (if you’re a little patient – and I only mean about 20 minutes of patient, not all-day patient!), and only takes three ingredients.
And the three ingredients it requires are cheap, common items that I would be willing to guess are staples in your kitchen.
The recipe isn’t a secret, you probably make (or at least eat) it frequently…
It’s French onion soup! The three ingredients it requires are onion, butter, and stock. Onion is melted down into butter until they basically form onion caramel, deep and rich in both color and flavor. Add stock and you have your basic French Onion Soup. (And of course a little thyme and black pepper never hurt either.)
Onion soup is one of my favorite soups, whether or not it is gratinéed with cheese. I made the classic version here and then a creamy variation here; I also re-made it into bite-sized appetizer tartlets here. These mini muffins are my latest French Onion dish.
I added smoked Swiss cheese mainly because it’s what was in my fridge (that is what happens when you blog about what you really eat, lol!), but it ended up a nice touch, adding a wonderful dimension. If you can’t find it, I think any smoked cheese would work, or you could use Gruyère, which is always a favorite choice when making French Onion Soup.
These muffins are perfect with a hearty soup for dinner, or with eggs and a green salad for brunch…and they were a wonderful addition to my Autumnal Afternoon Tea back in October!