Friday, August 5, 2011

Classic French Onion Soup

This recipe is simple and delicious, a great after work treat on a weekday! Sorry no picture, the whole pot was gobbled up too fast.

- 1/3 cup butter
- 4 sweet/yellow onions sliced and halved
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 2/3 cup red wine (see note)
- 2 pinches all purpose flour
- 7 cups veggie broth
- 5 slices Ciabatta bread
- 5 slices semi-sharp cheese such as Gouda or Gruyere

- Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat
- Add onions and grill until extremely soft and caramelized, stirring about every 5 minutes
- About half way thru add garlic, bay leaves, and thyme
- Add wine, bring to a boil, and cook until wine evaporates
- Sprinkle flour over the onions, stir constantly, so it won't clump
- Add vegetable broth, return to a boil
- Season soup with salt and pepper to taste
- Meanwhile, place each slice of bread with one cheese slice on top in the oven to broil until melted
- Cut each bread slice into cubes, place in the bottom of four deep bowls and cover with soup

Note: If you only have white wine, add a few splashes of balsamic vinegar and it will work just as well as red wine.

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