This soup is so good my daughters and I ended up eating it on the kitchen floor, completely sad that there was no more left when we got up because the guys were coming in to get seconds.
The best thing about it is the smell of the house the day before while preparing the broth and the scents in the final hour of cooking. I couldn’t keep track of how many times my 14 year old son said how amazing the house smelled.
French Onion Soup Recipe
Based on Geoffrey Zakarian’s recipe
Makes 4-6 portions
4 oz. grass-fed butter
7 cups sweet onions, thinly sliced (about 3 large)
1T AP flour
1/4 cup dry sherry ( I found a local NY brand that is great called Taylor)
6 cups homemade beef broth
small bunch fresh thyme tied with kitchen twine
Freshly cracked pepper
6-8oz gruyere cheese, grated
3/4-1 whole baguette sliced, toasted and broken into croutons
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, season with salt and cook, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Cook for at least 20 minutes, until the onions are very soft and lightly caramelized.
- Add the flour, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Then add the sherry, stirring frequently for 3 more minutes.
- Add the beef stock, bring to a simmer and let simmer for 35 minutes.
- Add the thyme, simmer 5 more minutes, then remove the thyme. Season with more salt and black pepper to taste.
- Ladle the soup into oven safe crocks on a sheet pan. Cover each with the toasted bread, then a handful of grated cheese. Place under your oven’s broiler until the cheese is melty and golden brown.
Serve with extra toasted bread for very happy customers 🙂
This soup is devoured by everyone, even the 1 year old couldn’t get enough! Once again this day was too busy for pictures, but next time I make it I will add them!
Story time: I once ordered out from a local restaurant for French Onion Soup. The broth was almost black, completely clear beside some fat bubbles floating around. The onions were almost raw, crunchy. It might have been the worst thing I ever ate, that one bite was, the worst. I pray that no one ate that and thought it was French Onion Soup, because certainly it would spoil it for them for life. When this soup is done well it will absolutely make your day amazing. This recipe makes up for that terrible memory. One day I will bring it there so they know what it is supposed to taste like.