French Onion Soup is one of those classic French bistro recipes. It’s decadent and hardy and will take the chill of any cold winter’s night. It’s also a great one for entertaining because the majority of the prep can be done in advance, leaving you with just the bread and cheese top pop on top. Sounds simple enough right? 🙂 And I’m here to tell you it is!
French Onion soup is typically something most people only come across in restaurants so to present your guests with a homemade version makes any occasion extra special.
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- 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- 1 tbsp (15 g) of butter
- 8 medium yellow onions, sliced thinly into half moons
- 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
- 1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
- ¼ cup (60 ml) dry sherry
- 10 cups (2,500 ml) beef stock
- 4 sprigs Thyme (tied with butcher string) + 1 tbsp for garnish
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
- freshly cracked pepper
- 1 day old French baguette (sourdough works well) cut into ½ inch slices
- 3 cups (300 g) Gruyere cheese
- Place olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven or large soup pot. Add onions, salt, and sugar. Cook uncovered on medium high heat, stirring occasionally until onions turn golden brown and caramelized. 20-25 mins.
- Add sherry to onions and cook 1 min until alcohol evaporates. Add beef stock, thyme, bay leaves and garlic.
- Simmer covered for 10 mins to allow flavors to marry.
- Preheat oven to the broil setting. Ladle out soup in heat safe, shallow bowls. Place on a rimmed cookie sheet. Top each soup with 2 slices of bread, and 1/2 cup (50 g) of cheese sprinkled on top.
- Place soups under the broiler until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve on a plate.
You can make the soup base a day before and just top with bread and cheese and broil before serving! Makes this really easy for entertaining!
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