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Bourbon and Beer French Onion Soup

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I am always looking for a new twist on an old favorite. You can usually find me tasting and tweaking things in the kitchen. This creation is one of those times when I took a slight detour from an old favorite with happy results! Check out the Bourbon and Beer French Onion Soup!

I love soup in the fall. And the winter. And really any time. It’s such comfort food. I really enjoy fiddling with recipes and stumbling upon a happy, delicious accident (like my Lickety Kix recipe!)

It started out as ordinary french onion soup, but I decided the flavors weren’t quite what I wanted…I needed something more.

Enter Andrew’s obsession with different kinds of beer. He LOVES beer bread, and so has purchased a few different bottles of beer (he gets the Ala-carte ones at the liquor store) and my obsession with Jack Daniels (I have put it in COUNTLESS recipes. Dinners, Desserts, Sauces, you name it!) and you have a warm and flavorful soup that’s low in fat (unless of course you load it with cheese, but do so at your own risk!)

Bourbon and Beer French Onion Soup:

3 large yellow onions, very thinly sliced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tsp flour (can be omitted)
1 ounce Jack Daniels
12oz bottle of beer (any kind)
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
8 cups beef broth, chicken broth or combination

1 piece French bread or Garlic bread per bowl
1 slice Swiss cheese or 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or another melty cheese of your choosing, maybe muenster?)

*note: I wound up adding water to my soup, because as it cooked, it seemed too salty to me, so taste it here and there. I always recommend tasting as you cook to see if it needs to be altered to suit your tastes!

Slice onions thinly. Melt butter in a large soup or stock pot. Add sliced onions on medium heat. Stir occasionally until they begin to brown. Onions should be dark brown and very translucent. You will want to watch them closely, but cook for 30-45 minutes. De-glaze the pan with the Jack Daniels, and make sure you get all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

Add the broth(s), garlic, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, add the beer (SLOWLY! It will foam up!) then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. At this point, taste to see if it needs water added to reduce saltiness.

When ready to serve, toast the bread in a 400 degree oven for a couple minutes until nice and golden brown. Put the soup in an oven safe bowl or crock, put the slice of bread floating in the middle, and top with the cheese. Put back in oven to melt cheese, but watch constantly as it can burn quickly. Use caution when removing as the bowl will be HOT. Put bowl onto another plate and serve!

This was featured at the Kitchen Crusader’s February Blog Hop!

What do you think of this recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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Monday 15th of April 2013

Your beer onion soup recipe looks great But in reading the ingredients I cannot see how much beer to add. ??. Could you tell me please... thanks

An Exercise In Frugality

Monday 15th of April 2013

Yikes! Not sure how I missed that...but it is one 12oz bottle of beer. Any kind (probably best to stick to non-flavored beer). Hope this helps!

Karren Haller

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

I wanted to let you know that in my search for tasty recipes I found yours,and because I thought  this recipe looked wonderful it is being featured on Tasty Bites and you can find it here. Tasty Bites Featured Recipes Hope you dont mind. Have a great day! Karren

An Exercise In Frugality

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

Well thank ya so much Karren! Qute an honor :) I'm happy you found it, and I hope folks enjoy it! Thanks so much for stopping by! :-D