My New Year's Resolution in 2012 was to be a better, more confident cook . I hoped to use this blog to chronicle my culinary adventures (and misadventures). Ever since, I have been hooked, and the kitchen is my happy place! I have also become a vegetarian in that time. I may cook some weird things, but they're really good! Trust the vegetarian, okay?
I love all soups. In fact - and I may have shared this story before - on our first date, Mark brought me to a little soup and sandwich shop because he said he noticed that I seemed to mostly eat "mush." That boy is accurate! I do love mush. Mashed potatoes, the insides of breads- and soups. Now, it's about 900 degrees today (and muggy; just look at my hair) so soup is not something that I am craving. So, when I saw a recipe for a sandwich that replicates the flavors of one of my top 10 soups, I was thrilled. French onion grilled cheese: why haven't I thought of that!?
With the help of my adorable sous chef (see left), I made these sandwiches tonight for me, him, Kenzie, Mom, and Nick. I have to admit that I was nervous about caramelizing the onions. I don't think I have had much success with this before. I can't exactly remember when I attempted this, but I have memories of burning them. Luckily today they turned out perfectly. The secret is not to rush things; keep the heat on low and let the onions take their time as they brown up in some salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar! Interestingly, I am not a big onion fan; in fact, I hate them when they are raw. But caramelize them - and I'm sold! Once they're cooked, I added some fresh thyme from my herb garden, and put them on sliced baguettes with gouda and gruyere. I toasted them up in the pan with some butter and rubbed the bread with a sliced garlic clove, and there you have it, folks: French onion soup, but as a sandwich. The onions are delicious, and the fresh thymeis a great addition. Add to that the creamy mix of those two amazing cheeses (I have previously mentioned my love for gruyere!) and the buttery bread... holy moly. Kenzie was a huge fan, and surprisingly enough, so were Mom and Nick! A successful - and pretty easy - dinner at last :)