Apple French Onion Soup

'Apple French Onion Soup'


Ingredients


3 tablespoons butter

3 pounds onions, sliced (about 12-15 onions)

1/2 cup water

1 apple, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon thyme, chopped

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup white wine

2 cups beef or vegetable broth

1 cup apple cider (or apple juice)

2 bay leaves

salt & pepper to taste

French bread, sliced

1 1/2 cup gruyere or fontina, shredded


Directions


1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions and water and cook, covered, until completely tender and caramelized and golden, about 2 HOURS, adding more water if needed.


2. Add the chopped apple and thyme and cook for 1 minute.


3. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the wine and deglaze the pan.


4. Add the broth, cider (or apple juice) and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.


5. Season the soup with salt and pepper and divide the between 4 oven safe bowls. Top each bowl with a slice of French bread, followed by the cheese, and broil until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown, (about 2-3 minutes).