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    Uncle Bill's French Onion Soup

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    5 hrs 30 mins

    10 mins

    5 hrs 20 mins

    William (Uncle Bill) Anatooskin's Note:

    I developed this marvelous soup way back in 1970 and it has been a favorite French Onion Soup. It takes a while to prepare but is worth it.

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    1. 1
      In a large cooking pot, add water, celery tops, bay leaves, salt and soup bones.
    2. 2
      Bing to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 4 hours.
    3. 3
      Remove bones and meat, celery tops and bay leaves and discard.
    4. 4
      Transfer stock to a large bowl, refrigerate until cooled and fat sets.
    5. 5
      Skim all fat off and discard.
    6. 6
      Set soup stock aside.
    7. 7
      Slice onions thin.
    8. 8
      In a large frying pan add butter and sliced onions and saute' until light brown, about 15 minutes, stirring often, but DO NOT BURN.
    9. 9
      In a large cooking pot, add stock (measure stock so that you have 12 cups) and if necessary, make up the difference with water.
    10. 10
      Add sautee'd onions, consomme soup, beef broth, sugar, granulated garlic powder, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
    11. 11
      Adjust spices to taste.
    12. 12
      TO SERVE.
    13. 13
      Pour soup into oven-proof soup bowls leaving enough room in bowl to add 1 tablespoon of beer.
    14. 14
      Rub each piece of toasted French Bread with garlic.
    15. 15
      Place 1 piece of toasted French bread on top of soup.
    16. 16
      Sprinkle top of toast liberally with grated Gruyere cheese and Mozzarella cheese.
    17. 17
      Place bowls of soup on a metal tray or cookie sheet.
    18. 18
      Place under broiler (about 3 inches below elements) and broil until cheese melts and puffs up, about 3 to 4 minutes.
    19. 19
      Serve immediately.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 07, 2009


      Uncle Bill... I was going to post my recipe for this soup today (which I am happily enjoying at this very moment) I wanted to check if anyone else's recipes were the same... and here I found yours (great minds think alike) the only ingredient I don't use is ketchup, but next time I make this I'll give it a try. so of course I'm giving this a 5 star review, it's my favorite way to make french onion soup (p.s. it's worth the extra time to make, isn't it?)

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    • on December 04, 2008


      Wonderful! Great recipe. This is the one to use. Thank You!

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    • on December 17, 2007


      Well,Uncle Bill,another great one!Thanks so much!I had this soup in Vegas back in the 70's.Your's turned out so much like it,right down to the french bread in it.Happy holidays! P.S.I did change one thing about the recipe,after step 1 I put all in the crock pot as I was busy making rolls and baking a chicken. Did free up some time for me to tend to those things.

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    Nutritional Facts for Uncle Bill's French Onion Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (463 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 304.8
    Calories from Fat 89
    Total Fat 9.9 g
    Saturated Fat 5.1 g
    Cholesterol 24.9 mg
    Sodium 983.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 40.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 4.0 g
    Protein 12.2 g

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    beef bones with marrow

    celery tops

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