Prep time: 20 minutes
Grill time: 1 ½ hours
Total cook time: Approximately 2 hours
This is one of the most comforting soups there are! Smoking the onions in this recipe makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE! It takes the classic familiar flavour of French onion soup and elevates it to a super elegant and fancy appetizer or main side dish. Perfect for an intimate gathering at home this holiday season, our smoked French onion soup is the perfect cup of warmth to provide comfort this Christmas.
12 jumbo yellow onions, finely chopped
6 tbsp salted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Bourbon
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
4 cups beef broth
1 tbsp dark maple syrup
4 thick slices fresh baguette, toasted
½ cup smoked white cheddar cheese
In a cast iron skillet, combine onions, with butter and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place over indirect heat in a preheated 350 degree charcoal grill. Place your favourite wood underneath the lit charcoal for extra smoke flavour (we love using a fruit wood like apple or peach!). Allow the onions to caramelize, stirring occasionally, until reduced and nicely browned – about an hour. Deglaze the pan with the bourbon. Add the fresh rosemary, and beef broth, and bring to a low simmer. Ladle into french onion soup bowls, top with baguette and cheese, and return to the grill. Once the cheese is melted, the soup is ready! Top with freshly cracked black pepper.