Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fantastic French Onion Soup

French Onion soup is great for two reasons; it is full of flavor and it requires very little ingredients. If you have onions and broth on hand you can have one of the most flavorful soups out there for dinner. This recipe serves two people. Double or triple if you are serving more.

3 medium sized yellow or white onions (don't use sweet onions)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup Vermouth, Sherry, or dry White Wine
Olive Oil
4 cups beef broth or chicken broth or a mixture of both (I prefer 3 cups beef and 1 cup chicken)
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
crusty bread
cheese (mozzarella, swiss or provolone works best)

  1. Cut onions into thin half rings.
  2. In a large pot over medium to medium-high heat caramelize the onions in olive oil.
  3. After about 10 minutes add the sugar to enhance the caramelization.
  4. Continue cooking the onions for 20 more minutes or until they are carmelized.
  5. When the onions are carmelized (slightly brown, don't burn them!) add the broth, Vermouth, thyme, bay leaf and partially cover.
  6. Let simmer for 30 minutes to an hour so the flavors are well mixed.
  7. Ladle the soup into a bowl.
  8. Put a piece of crusty bread (it can be stale) on top of the soup, put your cheese on top.
  9. Broil in the oven until the cheese is melted.
  10. Enjoy!


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