Monday, October 22, 2012

French Onion Soup

Happy Nom Nom Monday!  Today Aaron and I made French Onion Soup. 

- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 large onions
- 2 to 5 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 1/4 quarts beef stock
- 2 tablespoons of brandy (optional)
- 6 to 8 thick slices of french bread
- 3 cup grated Gruyére or Swiss cheese

Chop the onions up into thin slices, and set aside.  In a large saucepan heat the butter and oil over medium to high heat.  Add the onions and cook for ten minutes or until the onions start to brown.  Leaving one garlic clove aside, and finely chop the rest and add to the onions.  Add the sugar.  My recipe also suggested using thyme, but my hubby forgot, and we didn't have any at our new house.  Now let everything cook together stirring frequently for 30 - 35 minutes or until the onions are brown.  

Sprinkle the flour over the top, and stir until well blended.  Stir in the white wine and beef stock.  Bring to a boil, and skim off any foam that forms.  Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.  If using the brandy, stir in now. While that is cooking toast the french bread, using the remaining clove of garlic for flavoring.  

Next spoon the soup into oven safe dishes.  This should make enough for 6 - 8 servings.

Preheat the broiler.  Sink a large slice of toasted french bread into each serving, and cover with shredded cheese.  

Pop each dish into the broiler for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browning around the edges.  Let cool and serve.  

So yummy, fantastic soup, so glad we tried this.  I can't wait to be able to make this with onions we've grown.  One day it will happen.  Have a lovely evening, and happy DIYing, chris!