You're probably scratching your head wondering why this picture, which looks strangely like French onion soup, is labeled Irish onion soup. Well, let me explain. It's a jazzed-up variation of the classic onion- and bread-topped soup that uses two important Irish ingredients: Guinness and aged cheddar cheese.
It has the same flavors as the traditional rendition, but the beer provides a delicious complexity, and the cheese adds a delicate nuttiness. It's so good that it might just be my new favorite French onion soup recipe!
I highly recommend you serve it tonight or on St. Patrick's Day. Learn how to make it now.
Adapted from Michael Chiarello Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Directions Serves 6.
Guinness and Onion Soup With Irish Cheddar Crouton
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 large onions, thinly sliced with the grain
1 tablespoon fresh (or 1 teaspoon dried) thyme leaves
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
2 11.2-ounce bottles stout beer, such as Guinness
6 cups beef broth
1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/2 pound Irish cheddar, such as Kerrygold Kilaree, thinly sliced
Adapted from Michael Chiarello
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil