French Onion Soup With Cheese Croutons

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Debbwl

The onions may make you cry, but this soup will make you smile. The mix of two kinds of both mix with sherry and congnac make this soup yummy, but the Gruyere Croutons put it over the top.

Top Review by Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Yummy to the EXTREME! This is so lovely with the bit of sherry and cognac - and the Gruyere coupled with the baguette DOES put this over the top. I used some nice home-grown beef stock (it's what I had) and a combo of sweet and cooking onion alternating. Just spectacular and a real wowser for just yourself - or lovely, neighborly company. Great recipe, thanks for posting!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, saute the onions with the butter and bay leaf for 20 minutes, until the onions turn a rich golden brown color. Deglaze the pan with the sherry and brandy and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer uncovered for 15 more minutes.
  2. Add the beef and chicken stocks plus salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, taste for salt and pepper.
  3. *For the croutons*.
  4. While the soup simmers, arrange the baguette slices in single layer on baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven until the bread is dry, crisp, and golden at edges, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  5. *To serve*.
  6. Adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Set individual broiler-safe crocks on baking sheet and fill each with about 1 3/4 cups soup. Top each bowl with 1 or 2 baguette slices (do not overlap slices) and sprinkle evenly with Gruyère. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly around edges, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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