Friday, September 14, 2018

Never Enough Thyme | Creamy Vidalia Onion Soup | The American Hotel

Here’s a tasty recipe for Onion Soup that I especially recommend. Serve it up in a pretty soup tureen and simple white dinnerware.

Homemade soup recipes are so versatile, they can be enjoyed any season of the year.  Whether as a light summer lunch, or turned into a complete meal for dinner, the possibilities are endless.  Some of the best soup I’ve ever had was  created by Rose in the kitchen of The American Hotel in Lima, New York when we were traveling in Upstate New York.

Vidalia Onion Soup Recipe

The historic American Hotel, located in a 150-year-old building and a member of the National Register of Historic Places, is noted for its homemade soups, featuring unique favorites like cheeseburger chowder, Thai peanut, vegetable beef, cauliflour cheddar, onion soup and New England Clam Chowder.
Onion Soup Recipe

My husband and I were visiting the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York on a trip to visit my brother who said no visit to the area would be complete without a visit to this historic landmark.  Of course, everyone knows that the best places to dine are where the locals dine!

We chose to eat in the tavern area of the American Hotel, however there’s a quaint dining room suitable for families or more intimate casual dining, adjacent to the tavern section.  While we were enjoying talking up the Bartender, Pat, we learned that he is one of the children of the original owners.  It’s his sibling and sister Rose who creates and concocts the fabulous soups!

My husband enjoyed the Chili while I enjoyed the soup of the day, Potato Leek.

What’s especially nice about the cookbook is that preceding each recipe, Rose tells a story and shares a bit of background and local lore about how the recipe came to be created!

Trivia:  The American Hotel also happens to boast that it has the world's largest urinal!

Easy kitchen cleaning with my crochet Handmade Dishcloths in my Moomettes Crochet Shop!

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths

The homemade soups that Rose creates are so popular that The American Hotel has printed a cookbook – Never Enough Thyme.  I like to collect souvenirs from my travel trips, and of course brought one home, autographed and signed by Rose!

Some of the American Hotel original soup recipe creations include:

  • Oriental Beef

  • Broccoli Cheddar

  • Chinese Chicken with corn

  • Cold Blueberry

  •  Chicken Victoria

  • Crab & Broccoli Bisque

  • Beef Stew

  • Butternut Squash

  • Chili Macaroni

  • Stracatelli

  • Potato-Leek

  • Cream of Broccoli

  • Escarole & Sausage

  • Beef-Barley

  • Clam Chowder (New England)

  • Cauliflower Cheddar

  • Split Pea

  • Navy Bean

  • Chicken Noodle

  • Vegetable Mushroom

  • Wild Rice Zucchini & Spicy Sausage Mushroom – Barley

  • Cock-a-Leeky

  • Gazpacho

  • Tortellini

  • Chicken Cacciatore

  • Corn Chowder

  • French Onion

  • Cabbage & Spicy Sausage

  • Cheeseburger Chowder

  •  Sweet & Sour Cabbage

  • Curried Crab Bisque

  • Italian Sausage

  • Tortilla Soup

  • Butternut & Apple Bisque

  • Spicy Thai Peanut

  • Minestrone

  • Spanish Rice

  • Goulash

  • Bacon & Tomato Bisque

  • Double Squash with Pesto

  • Lentil & Franks

  • Chicken Romano

  • Russian Potato

  • Dutch Meatball

  • Salmon & Mushroom Bisque

  • Sauerkraut & Franks

  • Ham Florentine

  • Mexican Rice with Chicken

  • Sweet Potato & Leek with Bacon

  • Mushroom Bisque

  • Beef Burgundy

  • Dijon Beef

  • Iced Melon

  • Banana Bisque

  • Pasta Fagiolia

  • Prime Rib

  • Tomato & Rice

  • Hotel Chili (available from October to May)

  • Spicy 15-Bean

  • Cabbage & Spicy Sausage

  • Chicken Broccoli-Tortellini

  • Mulligatawny

  • Vegetable Beef

  • Italian Vegetable

  • Leek Chowder

  • Sunday Supper

  • Black Bean & Kielbasa

  • Spinach Meatball

  • Aruba Bean

  • Lentil & Pasta

  • Creamy Vidalia Onion

  • Chicken Divan

  • Garden Goulash

  • Hamburger & Vegetable

  • Clam & Sausage

  • Lasagna Soup

  • Sweet Potato & Bean

  • Potato Horseradish

  • Taco Pronto

  • Spaghetti & Meatball Soup

  • Creamy French Onion

  • Puff Ball

Creamy Vidalia Onion Soup

½ lb. Bacon, chopped finely
½ c. Butter
2 lbs. Vidalia onions, chopped
4 Garlic cloves, minced
5 c. Chicken stock
1 Bay leaf
2 tbl. Lemon juice
1 c. Sour cream
1 tsp. Thyme
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Saute bacon and garlic in butter in a stockpot until bacon is crisp.
Next add chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme, lemon juice, and onions.
Simmer for one hour.
Discard bay leaf.
Put about half of soup through a blender, in small batches, and mix in sour cream a little at a time.

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The American Hotel is located in Lima NY, at the Crossroads of Western NY.

American Hotel
7304 E Main St.
Lima, NY‎

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