Wednesday, May 26, 2010

French Onion Soup

Since I'm tired of looking at my last entry, the potato casserole, I will be posting a new recipe! 
I made this French Onion Soup a few weeks ago, and it's now one of my favorites.  The recipe is partially from The Pioneer Woman web page, partially from other recipes I've tried and a bit of my own creation.
First you gather all of your ingredients...unless you're like me and just wing it, but for for the sake of illustrations I gathered for you.
( Recipe will be at the bottom of the page)
Start slicing those onions...sniffle, sniffle...

The recipe I tried to follow called for a stick of butter - TOO MUCH BUTTER!
Next time I will use 1/2 stick, and  I love butter!

After browning on top the stove it goes in the oven....but keep the lid ajar.

After required time, add broth(s).

Here comes the toasted bread, but look out.....

Can you say CHEEESE?

& ingredients:
1/2 stick of butter
5 large yellow onions - sliced thin (add more or less to suit your taste)
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups beef broth
1 cup Dry White Wine (optional - I did not use wine).
2 cloves minced garlic (I didn't have any so I used garlic powder- it worked)
Montreal Steak seasonings (I used a couple of shakes..sorry I didn't measure).
Worcestershire Sauce (splash or two)
toasted french bread
5 ounces (or more) of Gruyere Cheese (grated)

Melt butter in heavy soup pot or dutch oven, add onions and cook, covered for about 20 minutes.
Place pot in a preheated 400 degree oven with lid ajar so the onions will brown.  Cook for at least an hour, stirring once or twice so the onions don't burn.
Remove from oven, place back on stove top over medium heat.  Stir, scraping off all the luscious brown bits. 
Turn off heat and add wine, turn heat back on and cook for 5 minutes. (I skipped the wine part).
Add both broths, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and Montreal steak seasoning.
Cook on low for approx. 40 minutes.

Butter one side of bread slices and broil over low heat till brown and crispy.

When soup is ready, ladle soup into ramekin, place crispy bread on top and sprinkle with cheese.
Broil till melted and bubbly.

Gruyere Cheese is rather costly, you can also use Provolone or Mozzarella...both work very well.

Note-I find this to be a very forgiving may add or subtract as your taste buds move you. 
It seems like a lot of work, but actually after making it once, you never need a recipe's very easy.  I hope that if you try it, you enjoy it!


Mari's Cakes said...

This looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

Felisol said...

It's looking perfectly French and inviting. Just what the Parisiennes used to have for for an early breakfast at Les Halles, after along night out.
It's only 2 in the morning, but I already feel hungry...

Margie said...

that looks so great!! I need to make that!!

donna said...

French onion soup is one of my favorites...but I haven't fixed it homemade in a very long time...this looks delicious!!

Jada's Gigi said...

Oh my! this looks AWESOME!!

Goose Hill Farm said...

WOW! That looks amazing! I love french onion soup and can't wait to try this recipe!