I love this classic for the cold weather and it shows that you don’t need to go all out to create satisfying family dinners, sometimes less is more.
50g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 large onions (about 1kg), sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 cups (750ml) Campbell’s Real Stock Chicken
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 bay leaves
2 thyme sprigs
4 thick slices sourdough
1 garlic clove, halved
1 cup (120g) grated gruyere cheese
Melt the butter with the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until golden and caramelised.
Add the brandy, then increase heat to medium-high and cook for 1-2 minutes until liquid is almost evaporated. Add the chicken stock, balsamic and herbs, bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high.
Grill bread on both sides until golden. Rub one side of each slice with garlic, top with cheese, then grill for a further 1-2 minutes until the cheese has melted.
Divide toasts among 4 soup bowls, then ladle over the soup and serve.
Simple, tasty and low cost- perfect.
Love Betty xx