Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Casseroles in Mini Bakers from Ben Franklin

While most of you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer, we have been planning for the fall season. We are very excited to show off our new Mini Bakers - they are the perfect individual casserole dutch ovens for your autumn comfort food meals or seasonal desserts like Blackberry Cobblers and Apple Crisp.


These mini bakers are sold individually at $7.97 and come in assorted colors allowing you to mix and match as you wish. They are perfect for busy families this season - just make up the meal the night before and put them in the oven after work. Our Mini Bakers are food, oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. They also make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season!



 
Here is a great recipe for French Onion Soup from Winter Monroe

French Onion Soup

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • homemade croutons
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere

Directions

Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn’t burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
When you’re ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Ladle the soup into bowls, top each with croutons and grated cheese. Put the bowls into the oven to melt the cheese.
* For the croutons: Cut day old french bread into cubes. Drizzle olive oil and dried herbs of your choice onto bread. Bake for 10-15 min in a 350 degree oven.

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21121 Hwy 410, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
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