Every month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture shares a recipe created by chef Jason Morse of Valley Country Club in Aurora. The October recipe, Three Onion Soup, focuses on one of the state's major crops and comes just in time for these suddenly cold days.
In 2008, Colorado produced 270 million pounds of onions, at a value of more than $43 million, according to the ag department. This year has seen another bumper crops of onions, which are now available at farmers' markets and grocery stores across the state. Onto the recipe:
Three Onion Soup
1/2 cup olive oil 1-1/2 cups Shallots, sliced 5 large red onions, sliced 5 large yellow onions, sliced 8 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 tsp. thyme, dried 1 tsp. chervil, dried 2 bay leaves 8 fl. oz. cooking sherry 1 gallon cold water 3 beef bouillon cubes 3 chicken bouillon cubes
Heat large pan, add oil and heat, then add shallots and onions and cook until caramelized. Add the garlic and sweat for 3 minutes. Add the herbs and sauté. Add water and bouillon cubes, then bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until 1 gallon remains. Serve with melted Gruyere cheese and French baguette.
For more recipes, go to www.coloradoagriculture.com .
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.