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French Onion Soup with Cider

15 min
60 min
When freezing temperatures hit, what better way to warm up than with onion soup? It's no surprise that we've adopted this rustic, invigorating classic of French cuisine; it's the gourmet soup par excellence for comfort and pleasure! Rediscover this traditional meal in a local (terroir) version where Quebec cheese and cider take centre stage! This little gem of a recipe for every occasion warms both taste buds and hearts!

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  • 1 fondue Chic! au cidre (cider) by 1001 Fondues, 350 g (12 oz.), cut into strips
  • 45 mL (3 tbsp.) butter
  • 8 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp.) maple sugar or brown sugar
  • 300 mL (1 ¼ cups) cider
  • 300 mL (1 ¼ cups) apple juice
  • 5 litres (6 cups) chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 12 bread croutons, toasted in the oven
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
  2. Add cider and apple juice. Bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth, bay leaf, thyme, ground nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer gently, covered, for about 45 minutes (can be cooked in a slow cooker on high for 2-3 hours). Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  5. Place oven rack in centre, and preheat oven to 200 °C (400 °F).
  6. Place soup bowls on a baking sheet. Divide the onion soup between the bowls, adding 3 croutons to each bowl.
  7. Spread cheese fondue over croutons.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 4 to 6 minutes, until golden brown. If necessary, finish browning under the grill. Make sure fondue temperature is at least 75 °C (167 °F).

French onion soup is a favourite among people all over the world, and for good reason: it’s versatile, inexpensive, country-style and nourishing … and above all, it’s easy as ABC! This Quebec cider version is no exception, but you’ll be cooking it with originality, style and boldness. Enjoy it as a starter or main course! It’s easy to freeze! Warm your heart and fill your stomach!

Chic! au cidre (cider)
Chic! au cidre (cider) Cidrerie Michel Jodoin

Unique in the world of fondue, Chic! au cidre (cider) is concocted with sparkling rosé cider from Cidrerie Michel Jodoin. With its light, sweet and authentic flavours, this fondue is sure to please just about everyone.
Lactose and gluten-free fondue of pleasure to share with friends!

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