Caramelizing onions

Caramelizing onions

Duration: 2 hours

Number of students: 6

Tickets: $60 per person

Diet: vegetarian (if cooked with water, original French version) or non-vegetarian (if cooked with stock)

Price includes expert instruction, demo, and hands-on practice. Come to learn a classic French version of this comforting and elegant soup. At the end of the class, enjoy a freshly made onion soup with a glass of red wine (BYO).

French onion soup (French: Soupe à l’oignon) is made of caramelized onions cooked in stock or water and often served gratinéed with croutons and cheese on top. French onion soup is usually served as a starter.

Onion soups have been popular at least as far back as Roman times. Legend has it that King Louis the XV of France created the first French Onion Soup when all that could be found in the pantry of his hunting party’s lodge was butter, onions, and champagne. It is said that he combined these ingredients to create the first French Onion Soup.

Throughout history, onions were seen as food for poor people, as they were plentiful and easy to grow. The modern version of the soup has evolved from a basic recipe where onions were sliced, fried, and then cooked in liquid to be typically served with bread and capers. It was only in the 19th century that cooks started adding flour to thicken the soup, seasoning it with salt and pepper, and topping it with cheeses such as Gruyere. The crouton on top is reminiscent of ancient soups.

Onion soup is all about the onions. For a flavorful soup, you will learn how to choose, cut, and cook them to perfection. You will also learn how to adjust the flavor of the onion soup to your taste, and how to make it more complex and intriguing. Most importantly, I’ll teach you the logistics of serving it fresh for a crowd of guests or just as a romantic dinner for two within 15 minutes.

Drinks. Bring your own French red wine to be served with your freshly cooked French onion soup.

Appearance. We will eat collectively cooked food. Please make sure your nails are well groomed and clean. If you have long hair, tie it back or cover it.
Have comfortable clothes and shoes. I’ll provide you with an apron.

Please, let me know if you have any food or kitchen chemicals allergies.

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