It's cold as anything since Thanksgiving. We were just talking the other day at work how in New York we feel like we are down to having 2 seasons instead of the normal four. We all feel like we have summer or winter.
And while the calendar doesn't say Winter, the temperatures and the items for sale at Trader Joe's do. With Thanksgiving done, the wreaths and holiday items have hit shelves. And the newest Fearless Flyer should land on Monday.
With Winter temperatures upon us, these French Onion Soup Bites have landed in time for the season. And yes, my receipt said these are seasonal.
Now, I adore French Onion Soup. I really do. I make my own. It's simple as anything to make too, but it takes time. So when I saw his appetizer I figured I would love it.
But I didn't.
Here is an appetizer that seeks to mimic the classic soup.
You have most of the elements: deeply caramelized onions, Swiss Cheese and bread (or pastry in this case). Everything except the soup.
But for some reason, I wasn't loving it.
I think is was the combination of parts that were just ok. First off, this is very similar to Trader Joe's Feta Onion Bites. The key difference being the filling there was way more cheese than onion.
Here, it's mostly onion. With the presence of cane sugar in the ingredients I was wondering if that is how they sped up the caramelization process.
The onions weren't overly flavorful, the cheese wasn't plentiful, and the pastry (if I can call them that) part didn't add much in terms of flavor. I even found that on some of mine, I needed to run a spoon around the outside of each cup in order to get some of these out.
These would have been better in a puff pastry to lighten them up. Also, this has a vegetable base, when most French onion soups I've made were a beef base.
Overall, they are edible, but weren't my favorite.
For $4.49 they're affordable for a dozen appetizers. They do come in their own tray, but it still requires a sheet pan underneath.
Would I buy this again? No, I won't be buying these again. Fun to try once, but they didn't blow me away.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites
Product Name: Trader Joe's French Onion Soup Bites
Product Description: Caramelized Onions with Swiss Cheese in a pastry cup.
All the elements of a French Onion Soup minus the soup.
- Easy appetizer with a the tray already included
- Not inedible. but didn't blow me away either.
- A few on mine were challenging to get out of the plastic tray they came in.