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Sep 5, 2009

SUNDAY FAVORITES

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
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.
Foodie Friday is once again hosted by Designs By Gollum and her display today is scrumptious. Visit the others who have posted to.

10 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this recipe and I will try it. I am 'on the hunt' for the perfect French onion soup. It never fails though, if you add a couple of dashes of soy sauce to any recipe. you have a winner. Must be the salt...

Love your repeat, Lori. My 1st time... it took me the better part of the night to figure out how to do it!!

coco
Jane

Blondie's Journal said...

BTW...it looks like we are the only ones awake in Blogland. What time zone are you in anyway?

xoxo
Jane

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I would love to have had soup today with maybe some french bread and a cup of tea. Feeling a tad under the weather but spiritually uplifted today. Have a great sunday. Tammy

Jane said...

Oh do I love french onion soup! It's for sure in my top 10 most fav foods. When I was in college I used to work for Steak & Ale Restaurants & they had a really good FOS too. I would bring Tupperware to work - make me a salad, get a bowl of FOS & if all went well - snag a steak too, then once I got home later that night - dinner was served! I bet I ate 500 bowls of FOS while working there....maybe more come to think of it.

Anyways, short story long - your recipe looks just about right in my book & I consider myself a FOS expert after all these years & all those bowls of soup!

Joanne said...

OMG that soup looks so yummy - -one of my favourites. The best I can do home made is reheating the frozen lump from M&M's

I want to grow up to be just like you Lori.

Mary said...

Repeat or not, this is a wonderful recipe.

Lori E said...

Blondie: the point is you did do it even if it took all night. Kinda like sex. Oh sorry.
Tammy: this soup would be the perfect food for whatever ails you. Comfort food.
Jane: I will consider you an expert judge.
Mary: We know you are an expert so I am glad it looks good to you too.
Joanne: Do I need an intervention here. Don't eat that stuff. Eeeeewwww.

Florida Sue said...

Another similarity. I love FOS! It looks so nice Lucy in the rattan serveware. Yum. A LAM recipe for sure.

XOLucy

Keetha Broyles said...

I just LOVE a good French Onion soup!!! (And this one does look good!)

Chari said...

Hi Lori...

I'm so sorry that I'm getting by so late...it's been a busy holiday weekend at our place! So happy to have you join in with Sunday Favorites again this week, my friend!!! What a great post to reshare...I love, love, LOVE French Onion Soup! I must admit that I've never tried making it myself...but your recipe looks fairly easy and sounds absolutely scrumptious!!! Wish me luck when I try my hand at it...hehe! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us for Sunday Favorites!!!

Hope that you're having a wonderful Labor Day!
Warmest wishes,
Chari

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