French Onion Soup

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 6, 2008 at 6:18pm

Good on a cold Saturday night. And not nearly as decadent as it looks – onion broth, dry croutons, and a slice or two of Gruyere cheese. That’s it. Enjoy.

French Onion Soup

Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
Serves 6

1 ½ lbs. or about 5 c. of thinly sliced yellow onions
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 quarts beef stock or canned beef broth
½ c. dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
12-16 slices of baguette, ½” thick, brushed lightly with oil and toasted until hard and crisp
6-12 very thin slices of Emmentaler (aged Swiss) cheese

Cook the onions slowly with the butter and oil in a covered, heavy-bottomed 4-quart saucepan for 15 minutes. Uncover, raise the heat to low-moderate, and stir in the salt and sugar. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions have turned an even, deep, golden brown (be careful not to burn them). Sprinkle in the flour and thyme and stir for 3 minutes. Stir in the beef stock. Add the wine, and season to taste. Simmer partially covered for 30 minutes more. Correct seasoning. Preheat the broiler, positioning one rack on the second rung from the top of the oven. Ladle hot soup into individual tureens or oven-proof bowls. Float a couple of baguette slices on top of each bowl. Lay slices of cheese on top of bread to cover. Place bowls on a baking sheet and broil, on the second rung down, until cheese is bubbling and staring to brown in spots, less than 2 minutes (watch carefully). Serve immediately.

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Older Comments

  1. By SML on December 7, 2008 at 10:53AM

    love san francisco too!

  2. By Arthur on December 7, 2008 at 9:04AM

    oh, and San Francisco. Onion soup is one of my very favorite things.

  3. By SML on December 7, 2008 at 7:27AM

    love santa fe, i've only been once. my cousin, grant hayunga, is an artist and musician there.

  4. By abigailo on December 6, 2008 at 7:43PM

    and you should stop in on Santa Fe on your way home ;)

  5. By abigailo on December 6, 2008 at 7:43PM

    mm, mmm, mmmm - i LOVE french onion soup.
    i'm definitely gonna try this!

  6. By SML on December 6, 2008 at 7:17PM

    funny you should ask - we were just discussing when we could swing a trip to NYC...soon.

  7. By maud on December 6, 2008 at 7:07PM

    so... when can you come visit?