4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup caramelized onions, chopped (add more onions if you like)
BEAT cream cheese until smooth.
ADD mayonnaise and onions and stir until well blended.
SERVE with chips or crackers.
Easy Onion Soup
1 batch of caramelized onions (recipe above)
1 can low-sodium chicken broth (homemade would be better)
1 can low-sodium beef broth (ditto)
3 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
2 teaspoons balsamic or red wine vinegar (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 baguette, sliced on the bias in 1/2-inch slices
4 slices Gruyere or other Swiss cheese
HEAT broiler to high.
HEAT broths and onion in medium saucepan. Add more chicken broth or water if soup seems too thick. When heated through, add sherry and salt and pepper to taste. If the color of the soup seems dull or grayish, add balsamic or red wine vinegar to brighten.
LADLE into four ovenproof narrow soup bowls or mugs, leaving a little room for the bread. Add a slice of bread to each bowl, and top each with cheese.
PLACE under broiler until cheese is golden and bubbly.
Darcie Boschee is a freelance food writer. Reach her at bosch...@yahoo.com. For more of her recipes, visit her blog, bakin-n-bacon.typepad.com.