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French Onion soup

Classic French Onion Soup: A Comforting Taste of France

 

 

 

French Onion Soup is a timeless classic that brings the rustic flavors of France to your table. This warm and comforting soup is a celebration of slow-cooked onions, rich beef broth, and melted cheese. Topped with toasted baguette slices, it’s the perfect dish to enjoy on a cozy evening. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to create a bowl of French Onion Soup that’s rich, flavorful, and truly satisfying.

Ingredients:

For the Soup:

  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-6 sprigs of fresh thyme (or 1-2 teaspoons dried thyme)

For the Topping:

  • Baguette slices
  • Grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese

Instructions:

Cooking the Onions:

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the sliced onions, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes, or until the onions turn deep golden brown and caramelized. This slow cooking is essential for building flavor.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Deglazing and Simmering: 4. If using, pour in the dry white wine to deglaze the pot. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

  1. Add the beef broth, bay leaves, and fresh thyme sprigs (or dried thyme). Bring the soup to a simmer and let it cook for about 20-30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs before serving.

Toasting the Baguette Slices: 6. Preheat your broiler. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast them until they’re lightly golden. Watch them closely to prevent burning.

Assembling and Serving: 7. Preheat your oven’s broiler.

  1. Ladle the hot French Onion Soup into oven-safe bowls. Top each bowl with a toasted baguette slice.
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese over the baguette.
  3. Place the bowls on a baking sheet and put them under the broiler until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy: 11. Carefully remove the bowls from the oven. Serve your French Onion Soup hot and savor the rich, comforting flavors of France.

Cook’s Notes:

  • While Gruyère and Swiss cheese are traditional choices for this soup, you can also experiment with other cheeses that melt well, such as mozzarella or provolone.
  • Make sure to use oven-safe bowls or crocks for the final broiling step.
  • The white wine is optional but adds a nice depth of flavor to the soup.

French Onion Soup is a culinary masterpiece, showcasing the sweetness of caramelized onions and the richness of beef broth, all crowned with melty, golden cheese. It’s the perfect appetizer or main course for a cozy dinner at home. Serve it with a side salad or crusty bread for a complete French bistro experience. Bon appétit! 🇫🇷🍲🥖

Enjoy your homemade French Onion Soup! 🍲🇫🇷

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