Monday, February 1, 2010

Decadent French Onion Soup

French Onion SoupFrench onion soup is a real treat for me, I am not sure why I do not cook it more as it doesn't take any longer than most things that I cook, but I usually only cook it once or twice a year. As with anything else, the quality of the products you start with have a huge impact on what you end up with. This version is truly a decadent soup, hence you do not need a lot to satisfy as it borders on almost too much flavour. Also starting with a homemade broth is always the way to go when it is so prominent in the soup.

The Recipe: Decadent French Onion Soup
Makes 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
Gruyere Cheese

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!


Velva said...

I often crave French Onion soup in the Winter months. I really enjoy it. You are absolutely right, quality ingredients is the key to good onion soup. Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

French onion soup can be such an afterthought at restaurants, but making it on your own is hard to beat!

anadrol said...

I've tried onion soup once when eating out and I liked it. This weekend I made it at home, using your recipe and it was... delicious! Thanks! Great recipe!

Anna - Mix said...

Great stuff! I keep learning new things every time I come back to your blog.

Anonymous said...

pls post more recipes!

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