*This Contest is Closed*
So you may have all noticed that our blog Meet The Shannons had a melt down a few months ago. I couldn’t post. Comments went straight to the SPAM folder. Old drafts of half written posts were being published. It was like a poltergeist took over. As a blogger it was pretty much a nightmare but we had a second book to finish and holidays to celebrate and oh did I mention we’re having a baby girl in July? It’s been a busy time.
So we’ve gone back to a simpler time. This new blog layout doesn’t have a fancy slideshow and still has some flaws that we’re hoping to fix over the weekend but it works. That fact alone makes it better than the old fancy dead site. I mean who cares how pretty a sports car with four flat tires is right? I’m the impatient type. We also felt really bad that so many of you missed out on the free Daiya Vegan Cheese coupons that were available on the web last week. Thus the stars aligned.
This post combines one of the most popular recipes from our book Betty Goes Vegan with a contest for 3 COUPONS for a FREE DAIYA VEGAN CHEESE PRODUCT of your choice into the first post on our new finely tuned, olive-oiled machine of a blog.
To enter share this post via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and then post a link to your page in the comment section below. We’ll randomly choose one winner from the comments section below on Monday January 27th, 2014 and contact you via the comment section of your post!
So don’t be stingy – share away and may the odds be always in your favor!
Now let’s go make some soup!
French Onion Soup
Crouton & Broiled Vegan Cheese Topping
4 to 12 (1/2 inch thick) baguette slices (1-2 per serving)
1/3 to 1/2 cup cup olive oil
1 1/3 to 3 cups shredded Daiya Vegan Mozzarella Cheese or Daiya Vegan Provolone Cheese or your favorite vegan cheese
4 to 6 teaspoons Vegan Parmesan Cheese (1 teaspoon per bowl)
2 tablespoons margarine
5 red onions, sliced (the thinner the better)
6 cups Better Than Bouillon Vegan Beef Broth (made per instructions on the package)
1/4 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon sherry or dry white wine (you can use flat ginger ale if you don’t like alcohol)
1 teaspoon Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids
1 clove garlic, minced
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Brush both sides of your baguette slices with olive oil and place them on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake for 5 minutes; then flip the baguette slices and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until toasted and golden brown. You want to make sure they are completely toasted so they don’t become soggy in your soup later. Make your soup while you bake your croutons.
In a Dutch oven or large soup pot, melt the margarine over medium heat. Once the margarine is liquefied, toss in the sliced onion and mix with the margarine until the onions are completely coated. Cook uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes, until the onions begin to turn a light golden brown and become translucent. Turn down your heat if the onions start getting crispy edges.
Once the onions have caramelized, add the broth, black pepper, thyme, bay leaves, sherry, Bragg’s, and garlic. Cover and increase the heat to high. Once the soup begins to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 more minutes.
Turn on the broiler or set the oven to broil.
Fill 4 to 6 oven-safe bowls or large ramekins three-quarters of the way with onion soup. Place 1 to 2 croutons on top of the soup, depending on how big yours bowls are, and top with an even layer of vegan cheese.
Broil with the vegan cheese about 5 inches from the flame for about 1 minute—just long enough to melt. Then sprinkle an even layer of vegan Parmesan over the melted vegan cheese. Return the soup under the broiler and broil for around another minute, removing when the top is a light golden brown. Be sure to watch the soup the whole time it is under the broiler to make sure it doesn’t catch fire.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
https://www.facebook.com/melissa.montello.14 pick me =)
Have never eaten vegan cheese so i would love to win!
I can’t wait to try this recipe!!
Glad the website is back up and running! Here’s my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/268527196506120779/
awesome that you posted this recipe, I was just thinking about wanting some of this soup and trying to think about making a vegan version!
Man, I don’t even care about winning, good luck everyone, but… CONGRATS!!!! I’m super excited for you guys!!
I am so happy for you both! Congratulations! Love the new layout, and just happy that you’re back.
I love French Onion soup, this sounds amazing. Here’s my twitter link: https://twitter.com/LivefromLQ/status/426527236015923200
Trying this again…obviously I’m more computer illiterate that I thought…lol.
Congratulations! This is some of the best 2014 news I’ve heard so far!
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/384213411932201437/ So glad to see the website is back to “norm”! This recipe looks amazing!!
Forget the contest! Congratulations on being pregnant!
This is the best cheese I’ve ever had. I have the best of both worlds I’m vegan and I can have cheese. Awesome.
this is the best cheese I’ve ever had. I have the best of both worlds I’m vegan and I can have cheese. Awesome.
Yum!! That soup is on my Betty Goes Vegan to-make wish list! Also, I love the new blog look better than the slideshow thing. 🙂 I like a simple post that I can just scroll down. Here’s my link to my tweet: https://twitter.com/biancaphillips/status/426835032204800000
who cares about the cheese…. CONGRATS on the baby girl!!!! I’m so excited for you! I have missed your posts, you are one of my fav vegan bloggers and I’m happy to see a new working site. Best in all that you do!!!
Glad to see you back. Tweeted about the giveaway. https://twitter.com/wickedliz/status/427115101213057025
https://www.facebook.com/laura.phillips.50309 recipe/blog shared 🙂
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about this!! i LOVE soup.. not just in the winter, but year round… French Onion Soup is my sisters all time favorite soup.. shes vegetarian, but I am excited about making this vegan version for her! (Im maybe a little more excited about finally being able to enjoy some French Onion Soup with her, since I am vegan and if its on the menu when we go out, I have to watch her eat it!) Anyway, glad I found your blog! Thanks for sharing!
I actually am about to sink my teeth into some Daiya cheese pizza for the first time. https://www.facebook.com/thomas0503/posts/10102031918436235?stream_ref=1
As has already been said, who cares about the cheese – congrats on the good news. Best of luck.
I had a vegan baby girl last July:) she’s the best. All of my love to you and that sweet thang growing inside you!
Congratulations!! I am so excited and happy for you!!
All the best!
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