There is almost nothing better than a bowl of piping hot French onion soup, brimming with soft caramelized onions, topped with a crouton and a slice of melty cheese. Notice I said almost nothing better. Because you have yet to meet this unbelievably delicious appetizer! When I had the opportunity to try STAR Olive Oil, I jumped at the chance to share one of our family’s favorite appetizers with you! If French onion soup and a big loaf of gorgeous, soft bread met and had a delicious, cheesy baby, THIS would be it!
Cheesy French Onion Soup Bread
Do you see that beautiful crusty French bread? Well, underneath that lovely layer of melted provolone is a rich, onion-y butter. And that is topped by a huge heap of gorgeous caramelized onions. All the delicious flavor of French onion soup without the bother of a bowl and spoon!
Before we get things sizzling, let’s talk olive oil. We use it all the time: roasting veggies, mixing up homemade dressing, sauteing meat, a little drizzle over a baked potato. And this week, while shopping at Walmart for the ingredients for this appetizer, I ran into three friends I think you’d like to meet!
STAR Usage Pairings Olive Oils … meet my fantastic readers! The extra virgin olive oil inside each different bottle is made to compliment a certain type of food. Pretty cool, huh? This terrific trio includes:
Picual for Beef/Lamb
Hojiblanca for Poulty/Fish
Arbequina for Vegetables – this is what I used to caramelize my onions!
Speaking of caramelized onions … let’s get cooking!Print
- 1 loaf of soft bread
- 1 packet onion soup mix (divided)
- 4 tablespoons softened butter
- 6– 8 slices provolone cheese
- 3 small yellow onions (sliced into thin rings (I used a mandolin))
- STAR Arbequina olive oil
- In a large skillet, separate onion rings and drizzle with STAR Arbequina olive oil.
- Sprinkle half of the packet of dry onion soup mix on the onions.
- Saute onions on medium heat until they are soft and translucent, stirring frequently.
- Reduce heat to medium low and allow onions to caramelize until they are deep brown in color.
- While the onions are caramelizing, slice the load of bread lengthwise and spread each half with softened butter.
- Sprinkle the other half of the dry soup mix packet over the bread.
- Place in preheated 350* oven until bread is slightly toasted and butter has melted – mine took about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Remove bread and layer 3-4 slices of provolone cheese on each half of the bread.
- Return to oven until cheese has melted.
- Remove bread and spread the caramelized onions evenly over each half of the bread.
- Set oven to broil.
- Broil bread – watching carefully – until the cheese is bubbly and just browned.
- Remove bread and allow to cool slightly before cutting into pieces.
Cheesy French Onion Soup Bread recipe found at shakentogetherlife.com
Chris has already asked if I would make this again this weekend. And the boys had to split the last piece of bread exactly down the middle. I’m telling you … this cheesy French onion soup bread is THAT good!
I’m pretty sure we’re making this for Thanksgiving and likely every get together I host from here through New Year’s. We’re stocking up on STAR olive oil, onions and breath mints 😉
Oh! And the folks at STAR Fine Foods are hosting a tasty giveaway over on their Facebook page and they’ll pick 5 winners just in time for Christmas!
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