February 5, 2011

French Onion Soup Recipe

For those who are interested. I'm not absolutely positive on all the amounts or times, it's kind of when it looks right.

1. Slice 5-6 cups of onions (more if you really like a more bulky soup or less if you like it more liquidy)*Use white onions or at least a non-sweet onion (definitely not Vidalias, etc) or the soup will be weirdly sweet and not so delicious....
2. Put 2 1/2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot, cook onions over medium heat for about 15-25 minutes covered until onions are clear and softened.
3. Add 1/2 tsp each of sugar (to help carmelize the onions) and salt.
4. Cook an additional 30 minutes or so on medium-high heat until onions are browned, stirring frequently.
5. Add about 7-8 cups beef stock/broth, along with 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, and a bay leaf. (You can add additional seasonings while it simmers - just try it because too much makes it a weird herb soup and too little makes it kind of bland.)
6. Let simmer for 30 minutes or so, but don't let it get to a rolling boil.
7. If you want to add croutes and cheese, slice French bread in 1- 1 1/2" slices and lightly brush olive oil on each side. Place in a 325 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes until they get crusty.
8. Add a croute or two and parmesan or mozzerella cheese on top of a bowl of soup and put it in the oven for 30 min. and broil to brown the cheese.


Side note: I know this recipe looks long and scary, but it's pretty simple. It's basically Julia Child's recipe, although she uses less stock and adds wine. I'd just rather not, so I added the stock and she also uses sage instead of Italian seasoning. You certainly could skip 7 &8 and just dip toast in the soup or eat alone. Don't forget the cheese, though. It makes it so gooey and awesome. It is a little time consuming, but so worth it. It's even better heated up the next day, and freezes really well.

1 comment:

Law Fool said...

You should just put the wine into the soup. It'll beat watching you drink a whole bottle with each meal. I can't stand it anymore!