French Onion Soup
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A hearty soup, and so many different ways to make it. This is an authentic French recipe from one of my family members. Make it however you like, but make it this way at least once.

Ingredients: 

2 1/2 lbs yellow onions
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1 TBSP canola oil
Pinch of sugar
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups light red or dry white wine
8 cups beef stock
1 bay leaf
6 thick slices coarse country bread, each 1 1/2 in thick
3 cups shredded Comte' or Gruyere' cheese

french onion soup
Instructions: 

1) Using a mandoline or sharp knife, thinly slice the onions lengthwise. Set aside.
2) In a large, heavy pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter with the oil. Add the onions, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, adding the sugar and seasoning to taste with salt and pepper, until the onions are meltingly soft, golden and lightly caramelized, 25-30 minutes.
3) Add the wine, raise the heat to high, and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half, 8-10 minutes. Add the stock and bay leaf, reduce the heat to medium-low, and let the soup simmer, uncovered, until it is dark and fully flavored, about 45 minutes. If the liquid is evaporating too quickly and the soup seems to taste too strong, add a little water, then cover the pot and continue cooking.
4) Just before serving, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet and toast, turning once, until golden on both sides, 3-5 minutes on each side. Remove from the oven and set aside.
5) Remove the bay leaf from the soup and discard. Ladle the hot soup into ovenproof soup bowls arranged on a baking sheet. Place a piece of toast on top of each bowl and sprinkle evenly with the Comte'. Bake until the cheese melts and the toasts are lightly browned around the edges, 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve at once.

 
Smoking Loon's picture

wasn't it though...

wasn't it though...

Smoking Loon's picture

glad you enjoyed it!

glad you enjoyed it!

ASterling's picture

This is so delicious!

This is so delicious!

Chez Saleem's picture

Delicious and well worth the

Delicious and well worth the effort!!

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