On occasion, I’ll randomly get a great idea in my head… my very own “next big thing.” After searching the internet to see if anyone else has thought of it, I’ll come to find out that not only has it been done, but it has been done by five different people.
For example, I recently had this idea for a toilet with multiple flushes. I was thinking of a urinal-toilet combination that would save so much water if you chose a flush based on what you used the toilet for. Even better, I thought, is that so many people are trying to be “green!” This idea could not have come at a better time. Shortly after (we’re talking same week, it was that quick), I was using a public restroom and noticed multiple flush buttons on the back of a toilet.
I would have said something along the lines of “you’ve got to be kidding me!” or “someone beat me to it!” but I was in a public restroom. I don’t usually say things to myself in a public restroom. You can say anything you like in a private restroom, but people don’t want to hear you talk to yourself in a public one.
I had another great idea last week: french onion soup grilled cheese! The colder temperatures make for great “soup weather,” so I ordered a bowl of french onion soup at a restaurant downtown. I’ve had grilled cheese on my brain ever since I saw this amazing baked potato grilled cheese (seriously, check it out)… it only took a small spark to connect grilled cheese and a soup with both bread and cheese.
You know where this is headed. I looked up french onion soup grilled cheese recipes online, and sure enough, a handful of other smart people had already beaten me to it.
…so this is not the most original recipe in the world. Does that make it any less delicious? I’ll let you be the judge.
SPOILER ALERT: It’s not any less delicious. It’s delicious.
I used a handful of other recipes I saw on the internet for french onion soup grilled cheese to inspire my own recipe, seen below. Even if you don’t like french onion soup, I think you’ll like this. Personally, I’m not crazy about the soup, but this is so cheesy, crispy, and full of caramelized onions!
- 2 onions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup beef broth
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 slices bread
- 6 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded
- softened butter as needed
- To make the caramelized onions, heat the sliced onions with the butter over very low heat. Stir occasionally, cooking slowly for about one hour, or until the onions are sweet and brown. More butter may be needed as the onions cook.
- Add the beef broth, thyme, and garlic to the onions, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon as the liquid sizzles. Cook until all the liquid in the pan has evaporated. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Build the sandwiches by dividing the cheese and onions between two slices of bread. Top with the remaining slices of bread.
- Butter the tops and bottoms of the sandwiches and heat in a pan over medium heat until crispy.