French Onion Soup with Gruyere Croutons

Recipes by Will and Steve – Winners of MKR 2015

Prep and cook time: 1 hour | Serves 6


50g butter
1kg onions, thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 litre beef stock
150ml white wine
100ml brandy
1 beef stock cube
Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

1 rustic baguette, cut into 2.5cm thick slices
1 garlic clove, peeled
200g Gruyère cheese (100g grated, 100g cut into 6 chunks)


1. Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan, add the onion and fry on a low–medium heat, stirring often, for 20 minutes until caramelised. Add the garlic and cook for 2–3 minutes. Stir in the cornflour and 2 tablespoons of stock and cook out over high heat for 1 minute, making sure there are no lumps.
2. Deglaze the pan with the wine and brandy and flambé. To flambé, tip the pan carefully away from you but towards an open flame, allow the vapours to ignite and keep the pan at arm’s length. Allow the alcohol to burn off naturally before you continue cooking.
3. Add the remaining stock and the stock cube and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes until reduced and thickened. Season with salt and pepper and then ladle into six 200ml ovenproof ramekins.
4. For the topping, toast 6 baguette slices, then rub with the garlic clove. Place a baguette slice on top of the soup and sprinkle evenly with the grated cheese. Finally, place a chunk of Gruyère on the grated cheese and grill until golden brown.

Recipe from ‘Will and Steve | Home Cook, Aspiring Chef’

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Photo Credit: William Meppem


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