walla walla sweet onion soup and herb farmers five cheddar biscuits
June 24, 2013 § 42 Comments
I am always delighted when mid June rolls around and I stumble upon the first harvest of Walla Walla Sweet Onions. Walla Walla is a county in southeastern Washington and is known for it’s sweet onions. These are a very pleasant mild onion which easily can be eaten raw on salads and sandwiches.
A cool rainy day always triggers my soup craving so I set out to make a light soup. I was toying with the idea of french onion soup when I spotted the Walla Walla Sweet Onions. I purchased four sweet onions, the most ripe juicy strawberries I have ever tasted and headed home.
I have a little cook book titled “Fresh” by John Bishop which features wonderful seasonal recipes made with local foods (Pacific Northwest). I found today’s soup recipe along with an herbed cheddar cheese biscuits. I struggle as a baker. I can usually bake a good simple quick bread, but if I have to knead or rise the dough, I fail. The recipe specifically said to “turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 times”. I figured, “how can I fail?”.
biscuits served with butter and sun dried tomato pesto
The biscuits would have made my mom proud. The soup was naturally sweet, creamy and keeping the spices at a minimum allowed the flavor of the onions to come through. While the soup is simmering, prepare the biscuits.
h e r b e d c h e d d a r c h e e s e b i s c u i t s
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add butter and work into the flour mixture with your fingers until the dough has the consistency of cornmeal. Stir in thyme and rosemary. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
Place cheese, yogurt and milk in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour the yogurt mixture into the well and combine lightly until the dough forms a ball. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 times.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1 inch. Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 biscuits. Arrange biscuits 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and bake in the top third of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden. Transfer to a cooling rack.
s w e e t o n i o n s o u p
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 6 cups sweet onions, thinly sliced and quartered
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 6 cups stock, vegetable or chicken
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup whipping cream (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh spring onions, sliced
Melt butter in a stockpot on medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the lid, stir in flour and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pot with wine.
Add stock, salt, pepper and increase heat to medium high. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir in cream and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Ladle soup into warm bowls and sprinkle with freshly sliced spring onions.
This looks yummy! I don’t think I’ve ever tried sweet onions… I love the name, Walla Walla :D hehe
I get a kick out of the name Walla Walla too! Another varietal of sweet onion is the vidalia onion. Sweet onions are great!
Two of my favorite foods. I will definitely try your recipes.
I hope your try it Jovina! Knowing your style of taste, you’ll love it.
For sure! Down here we call them Vidalia onions.
Now I have a serious hankering for those cheddar biscuits! Beautiful strawberries (and baby strawberries).
Thank you Sarah. I’m growing the little baby strawberries…it takes hundreds of them just to make a strawberry shortcake! They are so much sweeter than the larger varietal. However, these particular strawberries were incredibly sweet and juicy!
For a moment, I thought strawberries were called walla walla sweet onions. then I realized you had bought both strawberries and sweet onions! My my, what pretty strawberries btw! Confusion aside, I really liked the idea of herb & cheddar biscuits! will bookmark this for the future, thanks for sharing this lovely recipe my dear!
Ha! I guess the title of the post with the strawberry picture does create a little confusion. These strawberries were the best I have ever had. Bright red all the way through and so juicy. And the biscuits…very good. Hope your week is full of good food and fun! :)
Two gorgeous recipes in post? what a bargain!
ha! The two really do belong with each other. :)
Beautiful and delicious post/photos!
When my son was about 5 years old, he asked me for a snack. I asked him what he fancied… he answered, ‘Sweet onion please!’. :D )))
Sweet onion for a 5 year old? That’s adorable. :) Thank you for your kind comment Fae…
I just delight in your photos!
Thank you so much Karen. My point and click does a descent job. :)
Oh wow, everything looks so good. Saved the both the biscuit and soup recipe. I am always searching biscuits that are light and fluffy these look like they fit the bill. I really love walla walla onions, must try the soup. Great recipes and photography!
Thank you Suzanne. The biscuits and the soup were perfect together. The sweet onions are so special and deserving of a soup. Love your comments…
Surprised I’m admitting this but I’ve never made an onion soup! And I love soups. And onions. Must get around to doing that. I also like the sound of those biscuits – I suppose we would think of them as scones over here. Again, I’ve yet to make those!
I love soup too! Pretty soon I’ll have to rename this blog “soups and pasta”. I am not much of a baker so these biscuits were easily put together and fool proof. :) Scones eh? I do enjoy scones and never thought of them as biscuits but now you mention it…yes, they are the same…
The strawberries look as delicious as you describe them to be and just the right size too, not too big. And ummm, the biscuits + the soup. Walla Walla. Yum!
Made me smile! I think it’s the “Walla Walla” :)
we just had a delicious dinner of this soup, the biscuits & cherries! We all thank you- again! we’re gone for a long weekend next week, so I’ll check in w/you after for our next market date!
You made it! Already. I’m delighted. Did you buy the Rainier cherries I’ve been eyeing for a few days now? Have a nice long weekend and look forward to seeing you in a week or so. :)
Can’t wait! Yes, they were at the market, too. It was the one at Lake Forest Park.
One of my favorite soups is onion. Your recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try. Lovely photos!
Thank you so much. It is such an easy recipe and you will not be disappointed with the results! I love onion soup too. :)
I came here for the soup but those biscuits have really caught my eye. What a fantastic meal the 2 would make. :)
It was! And it was a meal for 2 of us. I have to say, this was one of those “romantic dinners”. Thank you. :)
I haven’t been online for a few days but just got on tonight and found this beautiful post. GORGEOUS photographs. Those strawberries look as good as your description of them. And the biscuits and soup look fabulous too.
I went to Walla Walla many many years ago – rather unforgettable name!
Thank you for your kind compliments. I have yet to make it to Walla Walla. The name of it makes me laugh though. :) Welcome back to online!
YUM, onion soup and cheddar biscuits are honestly two of my favourite comfort foods. Walla wallas would be amazing for soup, I imagine… and just about everything else!
Walla Walla’s are perfect for soup Irina. The recipe I was (sort of) following listed sugar as an ingredient. Needless to say I did not use sugar. The sweet onion is plenty sweet enough. You are traveling soon! Right!
The biscuits and the soup is a perfect match! I am hungry now.
Walla Walla? That’s like a crazy Aussie name! Sounds delicious as do your “scones.”
Ha! Washington State has some very unusual names. There’s Chuckanut, Squim and Enumclaw to name a few! Sounds like you are having a delightful trip. Thank you for taking a moment to comment! :)
Love it, “chuckanut”. The average Aussie would think that was a good term for someone losing their cool!
Well done with those biscuits, they look gorgeous! I love any sweet onions and what a great soup that must be!
Sounds like an amazing meal! I wish I was over there for dinner. ;) Great post!
Those strawberries look awesome!! Licks piggy lips – XOXO – Bacon
Love, love biscuits. And these look so savory delicious. Perfect with a tomato-y summer salad. thanks!
What beautiful photography! And a fantastic recipe too! ^_^
Thank you so much! :) Photography certainly is not my strong point so I do appreciate the compliment. Also thank you for spending time here today. See your post soon!