Chest Congestion – Soup Remedy
I got hit with this killer cough this week, which eventually led to congestion in my chest. Back in the old days onions used to be boiled and if you drank this onion water it would help break up that congestion.
A more palatable solution is French Onion Soup. I found this recipe on Allrecipies.com. I went to Kroger to gather my ingredients; bag of yellow onions, unsalted butter, thyme, beef broth and a La Brea French Baguette. I stopped by Costco to get a wedge of Jarlsberg (Swiss) cheese. I even went to Goodwill and picked up a couple of the classic little handled crocks that French Onion Soup is always served in.
First, we diced the onions and added them to a buttered skillet until they caramelized. In a large pot we added the broth and thyme to simmer. Then added the caramelized onions to the broth and let it simmer for an hour. Then we grinded some fresh grounded black pepper to it. We cut the baguette into ¼ slices and toasted them on a sheet pan under the broiler on both sides. We removed the toasted baguettes from the sheet pan and replaced them with the crocks and warmed them up in the oven for about 10 minutes. We then ladled the onion soup into up to about ¾ inch from the top. We then laid the toasted baguettes in, arranging them snuggly. I placed a few shaved Jarlsberg slices on top of the baguette and we returned the pan to broil until the cheese was thoroughly melted and starting to brown on the edges.
About 5 minutes after eating this delicious soup, I could feel the congestion breaking up in my chest, only to wake the next day to feel completely congestion free.
If your congestion continues, you should seek your medical professional.