The Recipe: Decadent French Onion SoupMakes 4 servings, Prep time 20 minutes, Cook time 1 hour
4 medium sized cooking onions diced
3 large shallots diced
4 pieces of bacon diced
3 tbsp of butter
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 pinch of cayenne
1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
pinch of Sea Salt (you may want more depending on how salty your broth is)
1/2 cup of red wine or sherry (this will change the flavour but I don't always have sherry on hand)
1 tbsp of corn starch
6 cups of chicken broth
4 slices of french bread
1 tbsp of oil
1 tbsp of additional butter for the croutons
Heat a large skillet (large enough to hold seven cups of liquid) medium high heat for 2 minutes. Add the bacon and cook until it just starts to crisp (time will vary depending on how thick the bacon is).
Add the butter, onions, shallots and sea salt. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. DO NOT LET THE ONIONS BROWN.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Increase the heat to high, add the cayenne, black pepper and deglaze the pan with the red wine.
Add the corn starch to the broth and mix in well (the corn starch will slightly thicken the soup making it just a richer). Add the mixture to the pan bring to a boil.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Remove the crust from the bread and cut into large cubes. Combine the bread with the olive oil and butter and place in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the croutons start to brown.
In oven safe bowls, add the soup and place croutons gently on the top. Grate as much cheese as you can afford over top and place the bowls under the broiler until the cheese starts to bubble.
Remove and carefully enjoy!
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