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May 1, 2009

FOODIE FRIDAY: French Onion Soup

French onion soup is such a restaurant favorite but it is so easy to make at home. I didn't even take a picture of the process because you guys are all so smart and already accomplished cooks I don't think you need them for this (read: I didn't think of it until I was done cooking)
5-6 onions sliced
butter and olive oil
big pinch sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon thyme
bay leaf
pepper
1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cartons beef stock
1/2 cup white wine or vermouth
lots of Gruyere cheese, grated
a toasted round of baguette for each bowl sliced about 1/2 inch thick
garlic
  1. Using a big heavy bottomed pot heat olive oil and butter together over medium heat
  2. Toss in onion slices and sugar stirring to coat evenly
  3. Be very patient and let this cook and brown until you have nice brown colour on the onions and the bottom of the pan. This is where the flavour comes from.
  4. When it is all evenly browned then you put in the dry mustard, thyme, bay leaf, pepper and Worcestershire stirring it up for a minute.
  5. Pour in wine or vermouth to deglaze the pan stirring up all the browned bits
  6. Add the beef stock (Okay you can use a good veggie stock if you must) and simmer for an hour on low heat.
  7. Brush the bread rounds with olive oil and toast them under the broiler. Do not turn your back for a second. Do not run to the bathroom, don't answer the door or the phone do not even stop the children from killing each other or this will burn and you will have to start over.
  8. Take the hot bread toasts and "scrub" each one with some fresh garlic clove and it will melt into the bread and you will start to make these everyday.
  9. Dish soup into oven proof bowls. Top with 1 or 2 toasted pieces. Scatter some cheese over top and return to the broiler.
  10. Watch this too but not quite as closely as the toast. You can now run quickly to the bathroom or stop the kids from killing each other. Or not.
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10 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love French Onion Soup. This looks yummy!!

Foley said...

The Freanch Onion soup looks divine - it makes such a pretty presentation on top of it!

imjacobsmom said...

Your picture is so appetizing! I can just taste it. I haven't had French Onion Soup in a while and it sounds delish. This looks like a great recipe for it. ~ Robyn

Cass @ That Old House said...

Mmm... I love this soup, and I've never made it. that will have to be remedied!
Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration.
Cass

Gollum said...

I can't wait to make this soup. It looks delicious! The little bowl baskets are beautiful!
Hugs,
G

Our really empty nest said...

THis is my husbands favorite soup when we go out to dinner and I am a bad wife, i have never made it for him at home, until now, I am going to use your recipe and surprise him with it for dinner one night. thanks for sharing and for stopping by, yes although I wasnt looking forward to being an emptynester It has be pretty nice, a pleasant surprise to me! Your time will come! Thanks for stopping by I hope you will be back! Sue

Terry & Dennis Macri said...

Your picture looks wonderful and the recipe sounds like a keeper.

Leah said...

Mmm, this recipe sounds amazingly tasty! Question, I have 4 soup bowls similar to the one in your picture. Is this recipe too much for just 4 bowls??

Lori E said...

Hi Leah.
It would be too much yes. You can freeze the leftovers or if you were having company you can borrow mine.

DuPree said...

I have had this bookmarked for well over two years and JUST made this last night. It was gorgeous. Absolutely the best French Onion soup recipe I've made yet. Thanks for sharing.

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