Onion-apple soup au gratin

Time required: 50 minutes
Yield : 4 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes
Level : Easy Cooking Time: 30 minutes
   

INGREDIENTS

  • 15 mL (1 tablespoon) olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 white onions, thinly sliced
  • 375 mL (1 1/2 cups) peeled Granny Smith apples cut in matchsticks
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 15 mL (1 tablespoon) flour
  • 250 mL (1 cup) apple cider
  • 1 L (4 cups) beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 slices toasted Compliments Multigrain bread (about 2 cm / 3/4-inch thick)
  • 500 mL (2 cups) grated firm goat cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced

PREPARATION

Preheat oven grill.

In a saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, apples and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Sprinkle with flour and stir well. Pour in cider and bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add beef stock and the bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer soup, covered, for 20 minutes. Pour into six ovenproof individual soup bowls. Place a slice of toasted bread on soup in each bowl. Top with grated cheese and green onions.

Place soup bowls on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil under grill until cheese bubbles and is slightly browned.
Serve immediately.

Variation: Replace cider by red beer and goat’s cheese by smoked Gouda.