|French Onion Soup (Soupe à l'oignon) is another French classic.
It is an onion and beef stock based soup, traditionally served as a first course, with croutons and cheese as toppings, and usually broiled for an au Gratin finish.
Try this Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée recipe during those cold winter nights!
Recipe for French Onion Soup
Ingredients for 4 people
6 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced.
1 oz butter
8 cups of beef stock or chicken stock (the soup is traditionally made with beef stock)
Salt and Pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 leave bay leaf
1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
8 slices of baguette
1 clove garlic, cut in 2 halves
1 1/2 cups of grated cheese
Espelette chili pepper (optional)
In a large saucepan, sauté the sliced onions in butter on medium heat until golden - you can help them caramelize adding a tablespoon sugar if you wish to.
Add the beef stock, white wine, half a grlic clove, thyme and bay leaf.
Simmer for about 45 minutes.
Discard the bay leaf, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve in individual ramekins or oven-proof soup bowls.
Cover with the baguette slices, toasted and rubbed with the second half garlic clove.
Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Broil for 10 minutes at 400° until the cheese bubbles and gets a nice golden brown color.
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