Tuesday, November 2, 2010

French Onion Soup w/ Apple Cider

French onion soup as we know it today was made popular in 18th century France. Its rich flavor is made by caramelizing the onions, an essential technique in crafting the perfect french onion soup. Raw apple cider enhances this soup, acting as a substitute for Calvados, the apple brandy from Basse-Normandie. I vaguely remember its delicate nose as I sipped the golden liqueur as an aperitif in Caen, France during my student days. Typically made with beef broth, butter and gruyere cheese, this vegan version is made with vegetable broth, fresh thyme and a dollop of vegan butter. La soupe est vraiement magnifique!

Difficulty Level: Facile (Easy)

What you need:
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
What to do:
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-low heat. Add onions, garlic and thyme and cook until caramelized, approximately 30-45 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable broth, apple cider, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 30-45 minutes. Serve hot with a fresh baguette. Serves: 2  Bon Appetit!


  1. Whats a good replacement for apple cider? Dont get that here...Maple syrup will do?

  2. Hmmm, i guess apple juice would be a good substitute.