Thursday, November 19, 2015

French Onion Apple Soup {AIP, Paleo, Whole30}

French Onion soup has always been one of my favorites...and I was the odd one who liked it for the onions, not for the cheesy bread. Weird I know, but that does make life a lot easier when you want to make an AIP version. So, I was thinking about French Onion Soup and remembering the soup that we used to get at a hotel in Ethiopia in high school and wanted that same slow cooked, caramelized onion goodness.

Then, I was thinking about the cheesy bread (not wishing I could eat it, but just thinking about it...and I started thinking about a snack that my grandmother used to make with crackers apples and cheese baked until all melty. So, that's when the idea to add apples to the french onion soup hit me. Weird how memories and thought trains work.

As I started making it, I honestly thought I had lost my mind, but when it was done I couldn't believe how delicious it was. This stuff is truly YUMMO! It does take some time, but it is soooo worth it in the end. You will want to make this soup this weekend. Who am I kidding....I want to make this soup right now!

The first step in making this soup is to cut and caramelize a bunch of onions. This is what the onions should look like when they are cooked and ready to continue with the rest of the ingredients.... :)

French Onion Apple Soup
Serves: 3-4
Time: 1 hour & 15 minutes

3 T coconut oil 
2 pounds onions - thinly sliced
1 T dried thyme
2 T dried sage
1/2 T salt (pink himalayan is good here)
2 cups bone broth - whatever you have on hand
1 cup water
3 finely diced apples (any variety you like - unpeeled)

- Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan (dutch oven) over a medium heat
- Add onions, thyme, sage & salt and cook over low to medium heat for 50 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until onions look like photo above. They will also really shrink down as the water cooks out.
- once onions are caramelized add broth, water & chopped apples
- bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes