Getting to that point where there’s damn near nothing in your pantry?
We’ve all been there. Most of us are there right now.
That’s why we’ve dug up the simplest, flavorful soup we could find, loaded it with the heat of Mad Dog 357 Original Edition Hot Sauce. It’s furiously hot; it’s fast to make and you’ve got probably everything you need in the house.
Don’t worry about finding gruyere; use whatever cheese you’ve got on hand. No one’s judging right now. But, it you can get your hands on it, you’ll want it.
Now off to the kitchen
3 tablespoons butter
3 onions, preferably Spanish, sliced
1 tablespoon each: light brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, brandy
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup dry white wine
¼ - ½ teaspoon Mad Dog 357 Original Edition Hot Sauce
2½ cups chicken stock
1 small baguette (use any small or old loaf), cut into 4 diagonal slices
4 ounces gruyère (or other French cheese), grated
salt and pepper, to taste
oven pre-heated to grill setting
Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, the sprinkle over the sugar, and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the onions caramelize. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
Add the wine, and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to deglaze the pan (scrap up the burned edges). Pour in the Mad Dog 357 Original Edition Hot Sauce, stock and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine, allow to boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the onions soften completely. Then, stir in the brandy and season, to taste with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, toast the sliced bread for 1-2 minutes on each side, then sprinkle the cheese on top of the slices and grill until the cheese bubbles and melts. Remove cheesy toasts and set aside to keep warm until ready to serve.
To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, add the cheesy toast and serve.