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Maui Onion Soup

The evolution of this rustic soup elevates the humble onion to the sublime with its savory flavor. This recipe, by nature, demands simplicity, love of the cook and attention to the bottom of the pot.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces sweet butter

  • 8 Maui onions, thinly sliced

  • bouquet garni: 10 sprigs of parsley, 1 bay leaf, 2 sprigs thyme

  • 8 black peppercorns

  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt

  • ½ cup Jordan Chardonnay

  • ½ cup Madeira (Rainwater)

  • 3 cups veal stock

  • 3 cups dark chicken stock

  • sherry vinegar to taste

  • 2 ounces Cognac

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces sweet butter

  • 8 Maui onions, thinly sliced

  • bouquet garni: 10 sprigs of parsley, 1 bay leaf, 2 sprigs thyme

  • 8 black peppercorns

  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt

  • ½ cup Jordan Chardonnay

  • ½ cup Madeira (Rainwater)

  • 3 cups veal stock

  • 3 cups dark chicken stock

  • sherry vinegar to taste

  • 2 ounces Cognac

Instructions

serves 6

Melt butter in a heavy sauce pot over medium heat until foam subsides. Add the onions, bouquet garni and black peppercorns.

Season onions with 2 tablespoons of kosher salt and increase heat to medium high while stirring vigilantly. When sugars begin to stubbornly adhere to bottom of pan, occasionally deglaze with Chardonnay and Madeira, paying close attention as the additional sugar will accelerate the caramelization.

When onions have reached a uniformly rich brown, add stock. Simmer for 20 minutes. Adjust acidity with sherry vinegar and season to taste. Remove pot from heat and add Cognac to finish.

To serve, finish with a grilled crouton of sourdough and the triple cream Mt. Tam of our neighboring Cowgirl Creamery.

Wine Pairing Suggestions

Every bottle of Jordan is crafted with food in mind. The elegant balance between fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol found in our Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon make them versatile for a variety of food & wine pairings. We’ve selected a few vintages that we believe will complement or contrast flavors in this recipe perfectly.