Friday, October 21, 2011

French Onion Soup...

julipmade3 Now that it is finally colder, it is SOUP weather, which means I can make a giant vat of soup on Sunday night that will last for at least a second dinner and possibly a lunch or two throughout the week.  This past weekend, there happened to be a sale on onions (buy 1 bag, get 1 free).  So of course that meant we were making french onion soup and I had already planned to make bread.
  julipmade2 Ingredients:
  • bag of onions, cut into thin half rings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Calvados
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 6 cups low sodium beef broth (I ran out and had to use chicken, oops)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • bread, thickly sliced and toasted
  • grated Gruyere
  1. Heat the butter in a large pot {the Boy had already heated a skillet so we transferred after caramelizing} over medium heat.  
  2. Add the onion and saute over medium/low heat until onions turn translucent and then finally begin to caramelize.
  3. Add the Calvados and let it absorb.
  4. Turn up the heat and add the wine.  Reduce by half.
  5. Add the stock and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.  Add in bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Simmer until soup is reduced by approximately a third. 
  7. Traditionally you'd bake the bread with cheese on top.  However, I had just made homemade bread straight from the oven, which was DELISH.  Instead, I sprinkled the top with Gruyere, added a dollop of creme fraiche, and some rosemary.
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  1. Well played. I too have an ENORMOUS bag of onions in my house so have been considering making some onion soup to use up the bounty. This may have to get done this weekend (Kudos on throwing in homemade bread...rock star!)

  2. Oh wow. I can't believe you made this from scratch. This is my FAVORITE soup and I order it every time I see it on a menu. I need to be more like you and start actually making these things!! Have a wonderful weekend. xo

  3. yummy!! don't you just love it?? I made some last year and was eating it for a week (need to learn how to 1/2 recipes! ahhaa) it might be time for some more though.

  4. This looks so good.... I love soup this time of year! You are such a good little cook!! Off to follow you on Twitter! xo

  5. My husband LOVES French Onion soup...I'll definitely have to make this soon! :)


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