December 7, 2013

Foodplay for Two -- Ménage à Trois

“I am Tarzan of the Apes. I want you. I am yours. You are mine.”
--Tarzan, from Tarzan of the Apes
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
A ménage à trois of gooey, drippy, slurpy delight for a cold night on a “bare” skin rug, in front of the fireplace, with Food as Foreplay, Recipes for Romance, Love, and Lust by the Cooking Couple.
                                  Ménage à Trois Soup Gratiné
3 T butter
6 cups beef broth
3 large onions, thinly sliced
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup peeled sliced shallots
½ cup Gruyére cheese, grated
1 tsp. sugar
2 (1-inch thick) slices French bread, toasted
3 cups sliced mushrooms (3/4 pound)
*    In a large stockpot melt butter over medium-low heat.  Add onions, shallots and sugar.  Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and shallots are wilted, about 15 minutes.
*    Add mushrooms and sauté for 1-2 minutes.  Add beef stock, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
*    Preheat broiler.  Ladle soup into oven-proof or onion soup bowls.  Place toasted bread on top, cover with grated Gruyére cheese.  Place under the broiler and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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