Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sweet Onion Bisque


It’s Vidalia onion season. Time to scoop up as many of these incredibly tasty, sweet onions as you possibly can.  There is just nothing like the amazing taste of a Vidalia; the texture, when cooked down, is surely the culinary version of velvet. I found this recipe on the Restaurant Hospitality website.  It is the easiest soup that I've ever made, with a taste and texture that is unsurpassable when it comes to the field of onion soups.
I followed the chef’s lead and topped mine with crumbled bacon, freshly chopped chives, and a mini grilled cheese made from Asiago cheese bread and brie cheese.  I don’t know which amazed me more, the taste of the soup, or the sinful deliciousness of the grilled cheese.  Either way, this was a meal to remember, and often repeat.
Sweet Onion Bisque
Chef Tyler Brown, The Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, TN.
Yield: 6 servings.
4 sweet onions, medium diced large
5 Tbsp. whole butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and white pepper, to taste
Smoked bacon, crumbled
Freshly snipped chives
Brie grilled cheese sandwich

Simmer onions in butter over very low heat for five hours. Add to a blender and puree until smooth; add heavy cream to taste.
Season with salt and white pepper.
  
If desired, garnish bowl with smoked bacon, chives and triangles of Brie grilled cheese sandwich.  






This post is linked to:  
Foodie Friday at Simple Living

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12 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

this sounds wonderful! love the mini grilled cheese topping.

best,
bonnie

~~louise~~ said...

I love Vidalia season, Pattie! And, I've been just waiting to find the perfect recipe to enjoy them in. I do believe you have just shared it. I am so saving this recipe. I only hope I get to make it before I leave for Idaho and that my patience lasts while they ever so softly simmer:)

Thanks so much for sharing...

Tracy Wood said...

Three of my favorite words: Sweet. Onion. Bisque. Looks fantastic! and the grilled cheese 'crouton' !! Great idea! I'm tagging this one!

Diane Balch said...

Onions simmered in butter... bacon. This has to be delicious. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday, see you next week.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I just used Vidalia onions to make my caramelized onion spread to bring to a friend's home for an appetizer last night! I love the sweet flavor of Vidalia onions and would love to try this soup - it sounds so delicious with those cute little grilled cheese toppers.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds amazing! Bet it makes the house smell great too:@)

Snap said...

My mouth is watering and my tummy growling! I love onion soup! thanks for this recipe.

Scribbler said...

This looks absolutely sinful -- and something I would love to try. I am saving it, so thanks for sharing.

Judy Bigg said...

Perfect looking soup and so is the cheese topping. Thanks for stopping by.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

If you Sweet Onion Bisque taste anywhere as good as the photo of it it'll be amazing! Love the cheese on top. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

The Tablescaper said...

I've made French Onion soup many times, but I've never heard of Onion bisque, and the thought of a grilled brie sandwich sends me over the edge.

- The Tablescaper

Carole said...

Yum! Thanks for linking this in Pattie. Happy Holidays!