Onion SoupHeston Blumenthal at Home
This recipe makes good use of one of Heston's often mentioned star anise in onion. Which makes sense, because onion soup is largely onion and stock. In a good way. A delicious, caramelised brown bowl of tastiness.
Caramelise onionTo start, take some oil...
BakeAdd some butter and cold water.
Remove the star aniseThis may take some hunting.
Add the liquidsAdd the beef stock and simmer.
For 20 minutes.
Then add some Madeira, and let it simmer for another 20 minutes.
Time to make the toast!Pan fry some sourdough in butter.
Smear them with Dijon mustard, cover them in Gruyere cheese and grill.
Serve soup, with cheesy toast floating/wallowing in the thick soup, scattered with artistic chives. Regular chives would also be acceptable.
- Recipe, as is often the case for Heston, makes way more than you need. For example, you only need one slice of bread per person. I had all strapping young gents and even they found it plenty.
Another good, easy recipe that need elapsed time but not a huge amount of active time. Of course, caramelising the onions took longer than the 15 minutes Heston claims, but I've found recipes always underestimate that time. A note to those not familiar with this dish - it is more filling than you'd expect.
Guest verdictThe gentlemen gathered at lunch all enjoyed the soup very much.
My favourite comment was from a guest who'd never had a from-scratch onion soup before. "So this is what French onion soup actually tastes like! I feel like I've been lied to my whole life."