If you have followed me for long, you know that we love soup. We eat it year round, and usually once per week at least. There is just something so comforting to me about a steaming bowl of homemade soup. French Onion Soup has always been a favorite of mine. It always has such a pretty presentation — and aside from a while for sauteing – really isn’t “hard” to make. It really only has a few, pretty basic ingredients.
Lots of onions, I used six for mine, that cook down to a caramelized coat of deliciousness in the bottom of the pan, beef stock, dry sherry, Gruyere Cheese, French baguette and a few spices.
I always add a little Kitchen Bouquet to mine to richen up the broth. If you have never used it, pick some up and try adding to your dark sauces, broths and gravies. I initially purchased it when I made Salisbury Steak Meatballs, but also added to my Vegetable Beef, Barley and Mushroom Soup and my Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joe’s. I love how it just adds a little something extra!
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A couple of years ago I bought some fun little crocks to make this soup in. They are brightly colored on the outside and white on the inside, and sort of shallow, so the bread gets that perfect “toast” to the top, surrounded by that melty Gruyere Cheese!
For some reason though, I never took the time to take the photos or blog the recipe to share. Well, that is, until now.
So, whether you are having a dinner party, or a Thursday night meal for your family (like we did here), this is a great addition to your recipe file. It makes a great meal, or a preface to one. Aside from the broiling at the end, everything can be made ahead.
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 6 small yellow onions, sliced, and separated into rings
- 2 Tablespoons dry Sherry
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 (32 ounce sized) Beef Stock
- French baguette bread sliced into 1/2" pieces. (2-3 slices per bowl)
- 10 ounces Shredded Gruyere Cheese
Come back and tell me if you try it! I love to hear your feedback!