Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 25 mins
My recipe for a classic French onion soup takes a little time, but is quite easy to make.
- 1 1⁄2-2 lbs Spanish onions, sliced (1/4 inch slices)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3⁄4 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 mashed garlic cloves (use garlic press)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup cognac
- 1⁄4 cup dry sherry
- 1⁄2 cup dry red wine or 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 6 cups beef stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1⁄8 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground sage
- 1⁄8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
- grated parmesan cheese
- sliced french sourdough baguette
- olive oil
- 6 ounces shredded gruyere cheese
- snipped fresh chives, to garnish
- CUT ends of onions and peel outer layers; CUT onions to 1/4-inch thick slices; HEAT 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-low heat; SAUTE onions covered for 20 minutes; ADD 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 3/4 teaspoon packed brown sugar (or 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar); RAISE heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until onions caramelize and turn a rich brown; ADD two mashed garlic cloves; STIR.
- REDUCE heat again to medium-low; SPRINKLE 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour over onion mixture; COOK, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
- DEGLAZE the pan with the cognac and sherry, scraping bottom of SIMMER uncovered for about 5 minutes.
- STIR in the dry wine; SIMMER uncovered for 15 minutes.
- ADD 6 cups beef stock, 2 bay leaves, 1 fresh thyme sprig (or 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme), 1/4 teaspoon ground sage, 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground white pepper; SIMMER uncovered for at least 30 minutes.
- REMOVE bay leaves and thyme sprig; SEASON just to taste with just enough grated parmesan cheese to flavor the stock (no more than 2 tablespoons), and kosher salt, to taste.
- MEANWHILE, fresh sourdough French baguette bread into slices to place across soup in serving bowls (cut to 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick, number of slices depends on size of bread/serving bowls); SHRED 6 ounces gruyere cheese.
- DRIZZLE each slice bread on both sides with olive oil; BAKE bread on a baking sheet at 325 F for 15 minutes; TURN croutes over on baking sheet and continue baking 10-15 minutes, until bread is very toasty (it will be quite hard, which is what you want); REMOVE bread from oven; SET broiler to high.
- LADLE soup into four bowls; PLACE croutes into each bowl; COVER each croute completely to the rim of bowls with shredded gruyere cheese (about 1/3 cup for each).
- PLACE bowls on a baking sheet under broiler just until cheese melts and begins to brown (keep an eye on them, about 45 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes); REMOVE from oven; SPRINKLE each lightly with grated fresh parmesan cheese and fresh snipped chives if desired; SERVE and enjoy!