I made this soup last week, or was it the weekend before...I can't remember now. What I do remember is wanting to make French Onion Soup for a long while. I think the idea had been planted in my head during Vegan Mofo when I saw a good looking vegan variation of French Onion soup that got me drooling. This one is not vegan though it could easily be by replacing the butter with vegan margarine and vegan 'cheese'.
Previous to making this soup, I have only ever had French Onion soup once in my life. No it was not when I was in Paris, France for my honeymoon; or when I was in Brittany visiting friends. No it wasn't even when we went to Marseille quite recently, no I had my first ever French Onion Soup in Loch Lomond, when I lived in Scotland.
We had friends visiting us from America and we went to the shores of Loch Lomond. It was the only dish on the menu, other than Ploughman's Lunch that was marked as suitable for vegetarians and I liked it - sweet salty caramelised onions flavours were very pleasing.
I enjoyed every spoonful and so did D. It was so well worth the wait. This recipe is adapted from our lovely Delia. her version is made with beef stock and she uses Gruyere cheese and cognac. I used cheddar cheese for the crouton topping and omitted the cognac all together.
I am sharing this with Credit Crunch Munch hosted this month by From Plate to Pen and often co-hosted by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food For All. Onions are relatively cheap to buy and I used left over white wine (rare in my home) from the night before and used stale baguette for the crouton topping. I am also sharing it with No Croutons Required hosted by Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen and Tinned Tomatoes.