Beef and Onion Soup with Swiss Cheese Flan

You can slice all of these onions without the Onion Goggles ... but why would you want to?

Servings: 6

4 Slices Lean Bacon, cut in 1" pieces
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Pound Lean Stew Meat, sliced 1/2" thick
8 Cups Sliced Onion
3 Tablespoons Dry Sherry
4 Cups Beef Broth
4 Cups Chicken Broth
4 Fresh Thyme Sprigs
1 Kafir Lime Leaf
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Swiss Cheese Flan

  • Saute bacon in heavy large pot over medium-high heat until bacon is crisp.
  • Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
  • Remove bacon fat and set aside.
  • Melt butter with oil in the pot and saute garlic until crisp.
  • Add beef and saute over high heat, browning on all sides.
  • Remove beef and garlic with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Drain off liquid into a fat separator and set aside to separate.
  • Put 2T of reserved bacon fat back in pot over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until caramelized, about 20 minutes.Stir occasionally to break up the clumps of onions
  • Add Sherry; cook 30 seconds to deglaze the pot.
  • Add bacon, beef, beef juice, stock, thyme, and kaffir lime leaf.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Discard thyme and leaf to serve. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and chill. Bring to simmer before serving.)
  • Put one flan in center of each soup bowl.
  • Ladle soup around flans and serve.
Per Serving (including Swiss Cheese Flan): 588 Calories; 36g Fat (56.9% calories from fat); 43g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 226mg Cholesterol; 1779mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 5 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 4 1/2 Fat.
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