It was quite cold out and I wanted to make something really easy and fast. I spent most of my weekend cleaning up the grout dust after having my bathroom re-grouted. What a mess.......!!!!! I don't know what I was thinking, or NOT thinking, I didn't cover anything so you can imagine how thick the dust was on everything.
I was so tired from all that extra curricular activity that I really didn't want to spend unnecessary hours in the kitchen making dinner. But we had to eat, no? 'Oui', of course' said hubby. A quick soup would do it.
I had lots of sweet onions in the fridge so I decided French Onion Soup would do the trick. I bought a French Gruyere which I think is the best cheese to use for this. I'm not a fan of the melted rubbery mozzarella on this soup.
My "What is French Onion Soup?" Recipe
- 4 large sweet onions sliced
- 1 Tbls. olive oil (vegetable, canola)
- 1-2 Tbls. butter (butter alternative, i.e. Smart Balance)
- 2 tsp. flour
- 2 cans low sodium beef broth
- 1-2 tsp. Sherry or Brandy (optional)
- 4 baguette slices
- 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese (Swiss, Jarlsberg, or mozzarella)
- salt and pepper to taste
This makes approximately 4 servings
1. Heat oil and butter in stock pot and saute onions. After about 5 minutes stir in the flour until it cooks into the onions - this just takes a few stirs.
Continue to let the onions saute until they are translucent and tender but have not melted. This takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on the amount of onions and the size of the pot.
2. Stir in the beef broth and simmer covered for about 10 minutes. Then add the sherry or brandy if desired. Continue to simmer another 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. In the meantime slice the baguettes and grate the cheese while the soup is simmering.
4. When the soup is ready pour into bowls, add a baguette to each bowl and top with the grated cheese.
5. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts.
Though I've been making my onion soup this way for years, this is a very flexible soup so you can be as creative as you wish.