Chari is our host for Sunday Favorites and you can find her as usual at Happy To Design. This is always a fun meme and the choices for the re-posting are always varied and worth a second read. I first posted this back in May.
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
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
- Using a big heavy bottomed pot heat olive oil and butter together over medium heat
- Toss in onion slices and sugar stirring to coat evenly
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour in wine or vermouth to deglaze the pan stirring up all the browned bits
- Add the beef stock (Okay you can use a good veggie stock if you must) and simmer for an hour on low heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dish soup into oven proof bowls. Top with 1 or 2 toasted pieces. Scatter some cheese over top and return to the broiler.
- 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.