Since the day I met him, Brian has been telling me -and reminding me over and over every chance he gets- that he’s Irish… so every time he does I make fun of him saying he’s not anymore Irish than I am, and every time he goes on a rant about how his grandpa Woodbury’s family came from Ireland, and on, and on…
I’d say that the only Irish thing about my husband is that he loves beer and own an old Ireland t-shirt that he wears once a year! So every year I play along comes March 17th and I let him believe he’s Irish as much as he wants. This year, for St-Patty’s day, I’m making him some AMAZING onion soup with some beer from his favorite brewery, Beau’s. (I’ve already tried it before, so that’s why I know it’s going to be amazing!). Most of you from the Ottawa region should know Beau’s by now, but for some that live further, Beau’s is a local all-natural brewery that seems to be making almost everything right, including, or especially, craft beer!
So I made this soup in the fall and it was a huge hit. This time I’m trying it with the Strong Patrick, their special St-Patty’s Day brew!
Here’s the recipe, I just changed the kind of beer I used. You may use your favorite and I’m pretty sure it will taste great. The key for me is not really which beer I use but the amount of cheese on top!
What you need:
3 tablespoon of butter
6 cups of thinly sliced yellow onions
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoon of flour
2 cups of Beau’s Strong Patrick
5 cups of chicken stock
thyme, to taste
salt a pepper
cheese, lots of cheese (I used Swiss and Mozzarella)
Melt the butter and add the onions on high.
Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add sugar, vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper. Then add the flour, mix well, for 2-3 minutes.
Add the beer and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the broth and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Prepare bowls, bread and cheese.
Fill up the bowls, add the toasted bread and cheese.
Broil for a few minutes.
You got to love onion soup this time of year!
So this year, whether your Irish or not-so-Irish, I’d say that for St-Patty’s day you make this soup and you enjoy it while pretending to be! And then you enjoy a Strong Patrick while wearing your Ireland t-shirt that’s now a little bit too tight for you. I guess I’ll know now if my so-called Irish husband reads my blog!
Sláinte, and bon appétit!