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Savory Meal January 15, 2015

Filed under: Interests,Meal Planning,Sharing and Caring — clappingonthedownbeat @ 5:20 PM

I am not a big Rachel Ray fan, but I was inspired by her food combos.  She often likes to take one meal and then transform it into a pasta dish, soup or burger.  However, I do love grilled cheese and french onion soup, so here’s the combo.

French Onion Open Faced Sandwiches

Carmelized onions usually take a while to cook down (20-30 minutes) plus they have to be watched on the stove.  Here’s a trick: 2 Tbsp olive oil in a crockpot with 3-4 thinly sliced onions.  Give it a stir and set on low for 10 hours.

Otherwise cook 3-4 onions with 2 Tbsp butter and a bay leaf in a pot on medium low, stirring every few minutes for 20-30 minutes till brown and jam like.  Season with 1 tsp salt, a pinch of sugar and 1/2 tsp thyme.

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Preheat oven to 375.  Make a bechamel sauce.  2Tbsp butter melted in a pot.  Add 2 Tbsp flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Slowly add 1 cup of warm milk and wisk till thickened.  Season with salt/pepper and nutmeg.  Stir in 1 Tbsp dijon mustard.

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On thin slices of bread spread white sauce, then layer carmelized onions and then slices of gruyere cheese (or Dubliner)

Place into oven till cheese is bubbly.

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