Remember that classic scene in the movie, Poltergeist, where it’s pouring rain outside, and one of the characters falls into a muddy swimming pool full of skeletons? Well this year on Halloween, I decided to make a soup that looked like it.
For the “swimming pool”, I just made a simple French Onion Soup.
***Disclaimer: I’m not a real chef. This was just for some Halloween fun. If you’re looking for some “authentic recipes”, go look them up. ***
I don’t often make soups using an actual recipe, but if you’re clueless on how to make French Onion Soup, here’s the gist of what you’ll need to do:
- Pour some cooking oil (such as Canola Oil) into a soup pot.
- Chop up a couple cloves of garlic and throw them in.
- Chop up several onions and throw those in there as well.
- Sautee it all up until the onions start getting soft and clear-ish.
- Throw some kinda booze on it. Drinks such as dry vermouth, hard cider and beer (especially cheap beer) all work well. If you’re a super anti-alcohol kinda person (or you just don’t have any), you can use some sugar to help caramelize the onions instead.
- Add some beef stock. (For this particular batch, I used a can of beer and 8 cups of beef stock.)
- Season with salt and pepper. Also add a couple of bay leaves. You can also add some other seasonings (such as thyme) if you want to play around a bit.
- Let it all boil for at least 30 minutes.
To make the skulls, make a simple white bread dough (you can also use one of those mixes that come in a box at the grocery store). A french bread recipe works well for this particular soup. Once it’s risen and ready to go, all you’ve got to do is fill it up with cheese (optional), throw it in a pan, and bake that bad boy up! Here’s how I did it:
- Grease your favorite skull-shaped cake pan. (I used this one from Williams Sonoma.)
- Chop up some cheese (I used Gruyere Swiss Cheese) into cubes.
- Grab handful of the bread dough and flatten it out into a pancake. Place a cheese cube in the center of the “pancake”, then roll the dough around it, so it forms a ball with the cheese cube in the middle.
- Place the ball into one of the skulls on your cake pan.
- Repeat steps 1-4 for all skulls.
- Allow to rise and bake according to the directions in your bread recipe.
After that’s all done, you just put both things together, and serve!
As an alternative, you can bake regular skull-shaped rolls a day in advance, then just add the cheese to the soup like you would normal French Onion Soup. (I only did it this way because it looked cooler. And because I wanted the skull to have “a brain” inside.)