Carnival food

Today in a week I will be at the carnival in my home town Basel.
To put myself in carnival mood I cooked one of the typical carnival dishes today: Basler Mählsuppe, i.e. flour soup.
The recipe I am using is from Betty Bossi.
First you have to roast 5 tablespoons of flour in a deep pan or pot over medium heat.

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You have to stir continuosly and be careful not to burn the flour. It is ready when it has turned a nice golden brown. If you let it get too dark the soup will taste bitter. Set the roasted flour aside to cool.

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Thinly slice one onion and sweat off in 50g of butter for a couple of minutes.

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Add the flour, stir and then add 1l of beef stock, 1dl of red wine and a dash of balsamic vinegar.

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Bring to the boil and leave to simmer over low heat for about an hour. Season with salt and pepper if necessary and serve with grated Gruyère cheese sprinkled on top.

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I am looking forward to Morgestraich!

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