French Onion Soup

Summary

Yield
Servings
SourceMastering the Art of French Cooking
Prep time1 hour
RegionFrance

Description

French Onion SoupA simple but time-consuming soup that serves as an elegant start to a French-style or any formal dinner.

Ingredients

2 1⁄2conions (sliced thinly)
1TButter
1TOlive oil
1pnSugar
1tSalt
1 1⁄2TFlour
4cBeef Stock (clarified)
1⁄4cDry Vermouth
4sliBaguette (toasted)
4ozGruyere Cheese (shredded or sliced thin)
1⁄4cBrandy

Instructions

  1. In a heavy pot, saute the onions in the butter and oil over low heat until golden, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the pinch of sugar and raise the heat to moderate. Cook, stirring frequently until they caramelize, maybe 40 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, bring the stock to a simmer.
  4. When the onions are a rich golden brown, add the flour and stir in well.
  5. Pour the hot stock into the onion mixture, stirring well.
  6. Return briefly to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until ready to serve.
  7. Put the cheese on the baguette rounds, and broil until the cheese melts.
  8. To serve, stir in the brandy and then float the cheesy baguettes on the soup. Serve very hot.

Notes

Sometimes I add a pinch of thyme, if it will go well with the dinner. I never use any other herbs, not even pepper.
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