Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Onion Soup SO GOOD it'll make you cry!

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This onion soup won't make you cry because you're sad, but will make you cry if you are like me, and bawl your eyes out when you are slicing onions!

I have to wear sunglasses when slicing so many onions, I can't stand it!

This is an easy, delicious way to prepare a French classic, Soupe à L'oignon Gratinée.

French Onion Soup:

5 yellow onions, sliced thin
5 cups of beef or veal stock (I use Swanson Low Sodium brand in a box)
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 teaspoon sugar
salt & pepper

toasted croutons, from a baguette
grated Gruyere cheese for the topping



In a large Dutch Oven, heat your butter on low heat and add your sliced onions to the pot.
Add the sugar, salt and pepper to the onions.

Cover the pot and sweat the onions on very low heat for about 25 minutes.
Keep an eye on them, stirring them, and making sure they are not browning.
The onions will reduce by about half.

Now add your thyme sprigs, beef or veal stock and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered for about 1 hour.



Ladle into ovenproof bowls and add the toasted crouton/bread slice to the top of the soup and sprinkle grated Gruyere cheese on top (Swiss cheese is fine too).




Bake at 450F for about 10 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and melted. You can also put under the broiler, but be careful not to burn the tops.



This soup has a sweet, buttery flavor and the nutty Gruyere makes it so wonderful.
The perfect winter food.

Makes 4 hearty servings.



Even though it's been in the 30's at night, my thyme in the garden is still flowering!
Enjoy!

18 comments:

Kat said...

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The Japanese Redneck said...

I can just picture you in the kitchen wearing your sunglasses looking all cool making this great looking soup!

Ramona

Ciao Chow Linda said...

One of my favorite winter soups. I love those little red containers.

Julia said...

I also bawl my eyes out with onions. They say that people wearing contacts don't have the same problems. The one time I wish I wore contacts.

Your soup looks delicious. Alas, my thyme never survived the summer....

StaceyEsq said...

I cannot stand slicing onions. I weep like a little girl, then forgetfully rub my eyes with the onion juice on them and now I'm crying because of the sting. But onion soup is SO worth it. I've made a similar recipe, which calls for a dash of cognac. Can't wait to try yours!

kat said...

This would make Matt so happy as he loves French Onion Soup & I've never made it for him.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I recently tried an experiment and it worked-- I freeze my onion for about 1/2 hour. Huh! It didn't make me cry, because it freezes the juice. Try it, sometime! This weekend, I hope to make my own beef stock (haven't done that in years). I've had a hankering for onion soup. Looks good, Stace!
PS: I wear my swim goggles when slicing a lot of onions-- looks silly, but it works!

The Leftoverist said...

I agree--the perfect winter food. This is my husband's favorite. The way to his heart. My thyme is still going strong, too. It will be sad when I can't put it in absolutely everything anymore.

Your little ovenproof dishes are the cutest.

Pam said...

This is my all time favorite soup - it looks wonderful!

Marysol said...

This is so funny!!! I made onion soup last night thinking that I would eat it tonight... When I saw your picture, I had to look twice- I wanted to do it in the exact same 'bowls' and send it to tastespotting!!! Looks yummy!

Elra said...

My son's favorite soup. It's perfect to make this now as the weather starting to get quite cold at night.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I absolutely love onion soup - and melty gruyere on a crostini - heavenly!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Onion soup is the best! I sometimes use fontina in mine. It looks really good in those cute little crocks you have there!

Vicki said...

Love French onion soup, hate onions. I once walked into a sandwich shop that was slicing up about 30lbs of onions, and had to wait outside for my order because I couldn't even keep my eyes open!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

We love onion soup, so much so that we purchased the old fashioned brown onion soup crocks. I cry too when I'm slicing the onions. I'll have to give the sunglasses a try. I've noticed that "made at home" onion soup is usually much better than most restaurants.
Sam

Patsyk said...

Stace - I would so love a bowl of that soup tonight! It looks amazing, and I'm betting the scent when it's cooking is hard to resist. Well done, as usual!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

It looks delicious. For some reason ever since I got contact lenses my eyes never bother me when I cut onions! I used to wear sunglasses too...

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Spryte said...

I LOVE onion soup!! Yours looks fabulous!!

I like your soup crocks too!