Let me start off by mentioning, this hearty and delicious soup is easily one of my all time favorite dishes! This weeks assigment was to create a perfect brown stock and FRENCH ONION SOUP!
Just a quick history lesson on this heart warming dish.
The modern version of koi soup originates in Paris, France in the 18th century, made from beef broth, and caramelized onions. It was introduced to the United States by the New York restaurant of Henri Mouquin in 1861, where his wife Marie Julie Grandjean Mouquin was the chef.https://en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki
I first had this soup at about 9 years old and have loved it from then to now. I’m not sure if it’s the body of flavors in the broth, the sweetness of the onion with a snip it of sherry to follow or the hot and bubbly melted cheese on the crouton. Now that I am really thinking about it, I’m going to have to say… all of the above. The combined flavors are delectable.
Flashback about oh 20 years ago, my beautiful mother popped over for lunch and I had made French Onion for her. She was impressed that I had the crocks and couldn’t stop oooing and ahhhhhhing of my sheer talent. I have to give credit where credit is due..Thank You Alton Brown. Needless to say, she loved it and it was a great visit with her as always.
A couple of weeks later, she had invited me over for lunch. I got to her house and the table was set with dainty sandwiches cut into perfect triangles, cute little napkins folded perfectly and lemonade in her fancy wine glasses, after all I did need to head back to work. She sat me down and ran back to the kitchen almost skipping she was so excited… out comes a hearty bowl of the delicious french onion. It looked beautiful! We sat together, thanked the Man upstairs for a beautiful bounty and moved on to my favorite part… digging in.
That’s when I noticed the hamburger bun…. She sat there watching me like the last two minutes of the super bowl. One big bite of the brown broth, hamburger bun and about two cups of straight up parmesean cheese was a shock to my system. Of course the sodium levels were off the charts. I smiled and did my happy food dance. That’s when the delectable brown love of the broth hit me. After verifying with her about her “secret culinary” recipe she let me know she cheated and used a dry powdered soup mix, generally reserved for chip dip in my household anyway. Did I mention the vermouth and wine? Straight up gently drizzled over the top just below the hamburger bun.
I had to have one of those dainty cucumber and cream cheese sammies to kill the buzz… to top off this interesting lunch expierence, she made her really really amazing lemon bars. I loved them and they were seriously one of my absolute favorites growing up.
Leaving, I gave her a big hug told her it was wonderful. I mean who was I to pop her bubble of excitment and joy, she gave me life for cryin’ out loud.
This is one of the most sweetest memories I have with her. Just sharing it made my heart hurt missing her. But I still smile at the thought of her happy face and joy to share this with her “baby”. What I wouldn’t give to have another bowl of the shocking bowl again. I miss you mom!
PS. I did chug a gallon of water and prayed my boss didnt get to close as I was permiating the smell of booze. 🤦♀️