July 1, 2017

What Goes With French Onion Soup? The Best Pairings You Need to Try

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If you're looking for a delicious soup to serve instead of the usual main courses you've been whipping up for dinner, then you should try French onion soup. It's a healthy and filling dish, simple yet with the filling flavors, you and your family will enjoy. But of course, this soup will need an equally exquisite pair to complete your meal. But what goes with French onion soup anyway?

While you can pair soup with anything, you'll want something that complements the richness of French onion soup! So read on as I suggest different dishes and drinks you can serve when whipping up a batch of hearty French onion soup for your next potluck or dinner with loved ones.

What is French Onion Soup?​

​French onion soup is also known as French onion soup, made out of mostly meat stock and onions. What makes this unique from other types of onion soups is that it's topped with croutons or cheese. Sometimes, it's a big piece of bread, similar to a soup bowl.

These types of soups are usually served as an appetizer, but can also be used as a healthy main course as it is filling as well.

​It can be served either as meat stock, milk, or water. Usually, it has a thick consistency with a rich flavor and texture. The onions are caramelized topped with a large crouton and topped with baked or broiled cheese. It's served immediately, poured into individual bowls.

There are many alternatives to this French onion soup, but it will always have that sweet and savory mixture that makes it a favorite starter in French cuisine.

What Goes With French onion soup?​

French onion soup has the balance of savory and sweet, with salty meat broth. But what's missing from it? The two other primary components of food: Sour and bitter! You might also want to add other macronutrients or texture to complete the meal further.​

​Depending on what you want, here are some food suggestions you'll want to try:

  • Sour or Acidic Sides
  • To balance out the sweetness from the caramelized onions, it's best to add a bit of acidity to it. You can try a basic side salad with a twist.

    Add orange segments and capers, or even a meaty main course that has a few sour seasonings such as cherries and berries. A potato salad or coleslaw would also match, though more indulgent.

  • Bitter Flavor: Instead of a sour taste, you can add a few bitter greens such as kale or spinach. A meat dish with watercress or arugula is also a great combination with your soup
  • Protein: While there is meat broth in the soup, it's still missing the protein! To further make it more nutritious, try additional protein such as a meat dish.
  • Bread: Who doesn't like bread with their soup? It makes it much more filling! While a baguette is a perfect combination (especially with garlic butter!), you can also replace it with whole-wheat bread for a healthier option.
  • Drink: Many types of wines would be able to match your soup, depending on its consistency. A traditional dry white wine selection will be great. For creamier soups, go for full-bodied wines, such as a white Burgundy.

​Tips When Creating Sides for French onion soup

​If you're wondering how to enhance your meal further, here are some tips you can follow:

  • When making a salad, you might want to skip the cheese and focus on either acidic or bitter flavor, since the French onion soup has enough cheese.
  • To make it into more of French cuisine, use chicken stock with your soup to follow with steak, salad, and a dessert (cream cheese or black pudding). Add a bit of dry sherry when cooking your soup for a sweet and savory note.
  • You are looking for a rustic vibe when choosing your side, so a safe side would either be salad or wine, which helps keep things lighter. If you want a slightly heavier meal, go for meat dishes.

​In Conclusion

Planning on whipping up something new at home? Then you should try making French onion soup, known to have a rich and distinct taste you'll appreciate. And once you have your soup ready, you should pair it with something else to complement the flavors!​

I hope that this article shows you what goes with French onion soup. Now that you know what you should pair with your soup, you can now properly serve your dish with flair. So what are you waiting for? Try it out today and pair your French onion soup with an excellent side dish or drink tonight.

If you enjoyed the article or have any other tips when pairing French onion soup, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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