With winter encroaching on our space, the hearty food of the UK is coming in handy. And where better to get UK food inspiration than Harry Potter. For those of you who are only familiar with Kreacher from the film, Kreacher turns around in the book, starts cooking some excellent meals and in the end, is the one who leads the house elves in the battle at Hogwarts.
One meal that Kreacher serves Harry, Hermione and Ron, is French Onion Soup. From what I can tell, what differentiates French Onion Soup from just onion soup, are two points.
- It uses a meat based stock
- Commonly served with melted cheese croutons (these croutons seem to be all baguette slice sized)
- 1 small baguette, sliced
- ¼ cup grated cheese (Parmesan preferred)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 onions
- pinch of salt
- pinch of black pepper
- pinch of sugar
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 2.5 cups beef stock
- ¼ cup red wine
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- Peel onions, and slice from top to bottom, rather than through the centre. Finely slice into thin strips.
- Preheat oven to 350oF. Butter slices of baguette, sprinkle with grated cheese and grill until lightly browned.
- In a saucepan, melt a tablespoon butter, and sauté the onions for a few minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then add in sugar and continue to cook until browned.Sprinkle the flour in, then stir in the beef stock and red wine. Toss in the thyme and bay leaf, then bring to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, then serve with the grilled baguette slices.