French Onion Soup

"This looked so good the other night as I was watching Food Network. I wanted to post it so I'd not forget what show I saw it on. By Tyler Florence A bowl of good French Onion soup is totally comfort food for me."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes.
  • Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
  • Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir.
  • Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn't burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste.
  • Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  • When you're ready to eat, preheat the broiler.
  • Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Ladle the soup in bowls and float several of the Gruyere croutons on top.
  • Alternative method:

  • Ladle the soup into bowls, top each with 2 slices of bread and top with cheese.
  • Put the bowls into the oven to toast the bread and melt the cheese.

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  1. I love French Onion Soup and this is my favourite way of making it. The red wine adds such a lovely depth that the more traditional white wine doesn't achieve. I also sometimes add 1 tbs of dijon mustard. This is a tip I picked up from a recipe on another site and it just enhances the flavours so well without making the soup taste 'mustardy'!
  2. This was a really yummy onion soup, I added a splash of balsamic vinager the last 10 min along with about 1 tbsp dijon mustard as another reviewer suggested. Definitely gave it the flavour I was looking for. Next time I will add an extra onion.
  3. Very good! (It needed a lot more than 5 minutes to get the wine to evaporate though)
  4. For us we love trying different types of onion soup. I can see this one is going to be made again.Some good onion soups take time and are so worth it and this is one of them. Thanks for posting this recipe for us to try.



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