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French Onion Soup

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 3 tb Butter
  • 1 tb Light olive oil or fresh
  • -peanut oil
  • 8 c Thinly sliced onions (2 1/2
  • -pounds)
  • 1/2 ts Each salt and sugar (sugar
  • -helps the onions to brown)
  • 2 tb Flour
  • 2 1/2 qt Homemade beef stock, (see
  • -following recipe for
  • -stock), at
  • Least 2 cups of which
  • -should be hot
  • 4 To 5 tablespoons Cognac,
  • -Armagnac, or other good
  • -brandy
  • 1 c Dry white French vermouth


The following three recipes are from the book by Julia Child that I
was raving about the other day. They actually produce two dishes;
the basic butterflied chicken recipe can stand alone or be used as
the starting point for all sorts of variations++the Mustard Coated
Chicken is just one of the possible take-offs using it. It's nicely
hoity-toity in appearance and tastes great.

This is certainly one of the all-time favorites. The canned and
packaged onion soups I've tried have been very good, and the only way
to better them is for you to have your own beautiful beef stock.
However, bought onion soup will benefit from the flavor additions
suggested here. TIMING: For most delicious results, you want a slow
simmer for 2 3/4 to 3 hours.


A food processor with slicing blade or a hand slicer is useful for the
onions; a heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan with cover for onion
cooking and simmering.

Browning the onions - 40 minutes. Set the saucepan over moderate
heat with the butter and oil; when the butter has melted, stir in the
onions, cover the pan, and cook slowly until tender and translucent,
about 10 minutes. Blend in the salt and sugar, raise heat to
moderately high, and let the onions brown, stirring frequently until
they are dark walnut color, 25 to 30 minutes.

Simmering the soup. Sprinkle in the flour and cook slowly, stirring,
for another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool a moment,
then whisk in 2 cups of hot stock. When well blended, bring to the
simmer, adding the rest of the stock, the Cognac or brandy, and the
vermouth. Cover loosely, and simmer very slowly 1 1/2 hours, adding a
little water if the liquid reduces too much. Correct seasoning.

Ahead-of-time note: May be prepared in advance; chill uncovered, then
cover and refrigerate or freeze.

Serving. Serve the soup as it is, accompanying it with French bread
and a bowl of grated Swiss or Parmesan cheese, or gratine it as
follows. Makes about 2 1/2 quarts, serving 6.


ONION SOUP GRATINEED: When onion soup is a main course, bake it in
the oven with cheese and toasted French bread, and bring it all
crusty and bubbling to the table. A big salad, more bread and
cheese, and fruit could finish the meal,; accompanied by a bottle or
two of fruity white wine, like a sauvignon blanc or even a

MANUFACTURING NOTE: Be sure you have a homemade type of bread with
body here because flimsy loaves will disintegrate into a slimy mass;
a recipe for your own homemade French bread also follows.

12 or more Hard-Toasted French Bread Rounds (follows, too) [I left it
out. S.C.] 1 to 2 ounces Swiss cheese, very thinly sliced Ingredients
for the preceding French Onion Soup, heated 3/4 to 1 cup finely
grated Swiss or Parmesan cheese

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED: A lightly buttered 3-quart ovenproof
casserole or baking dish about 3 inches deep - good-looking if
possible. Assembling and baking - about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven
to 425F and set the rack in the lower middle level. Line the bottom
of the casserole with half the slices of toasted French bread, and
spread over them the sliced cheese. Ladle on the hot onion soup and
float over them a layer of toasted bread, topping with the grated
cheese. At once set in the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 30
minutes, until the cheese has melted and browned nicely. Serve as
soon as possible, if you dally too long, the toast topping may sink
into the soup.

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