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Onion Soup 101

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 1/2 lb Smoked bacon; 1/2 inch
  • -pieces
  • 3 lb Onions; thinly sliced (*)
  • 2 tb Fresh thyme; picked
  • 8 c Beef stock; preferably
  • -homemade
  • 1/2 c Dry vermouth; or white wine
  • 1 tb Coarse salt
  • Black pepper; freshly ground
  • 6 sl White country-style bread;
  • -sliced 1/2" thick
  • 1 tb Dry sherry
  • 6 oz Gruyére cheese; thinly
  • -shaved
  • 6 Sprigs fresh thyme; for
  • -garnish


* Note: Onions can be red, white, and yellow, making sure at least one
onion is of a sweet variety, such as, Vidalia or Maui)

1. In a heavy large pot over medium heat, sauté bacon until fat is rendered
and bacon is crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel
to drain. Set aside.

2. Sauté onions and thyme in remaining bacon fat in pan until well
caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 25 to 30 minutes. Deglaze with
vermouth, and cook about 1 minute. Add stock, salt and pepper, to taste.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make
croutons by toasting bread slices under broiler or in toaster, until

3. Heat broiler. Add 1/2 teaspoon sherry, and one crouton to each soup
bowl. Sprinkle each crouton with 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon. Ladle
soup into bowls and top with Gruyére and place on a baking pan. Transfer to
oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Garnish with thyme sprigs.

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