French Onion Soup

Soup of the day: French Onion Soup. This soup was approved by my boyfriend, which makes me feel like a chef! =] It was a very simple soup to make, although I found the Gruyere cheese a little pricey. It was $22/lb. I got half a pound, which was enough for several ramekins servings!

So without further delay, the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere

Directions

Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn't burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
When you're ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Ladle the soup in bowls and float several of the Gruyere croutons on top.
Alternative method: Ladle the soup into bowls, top each with 2 slices of bread and top with cheese. Put the bowls into the oven to toast the bread and melt the cheese.


3 comments :

Jess @ Sugar High said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Gruyere IS expensive, but it's my absolute favorite cheese! French onion soup is another food I have yet to try, and I've been dying to. I cook for myself and my boyfriend, who is the pickiest eater I have ever met! Your soup looks delicious, hope I get the chance to try it soon :)

Gwen said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
April 13, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Hi Jess, cooking for a picky eater, that sounds tough! But at least that forces you to keep cooking and perfecting your cooking skills!

AnickH said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates
August 13, 2012 at 4:45 AM

I LOVE FRENCH ONION SOUP.

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